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NATION AND LANGUAGE MODERN ASPECTS OF SOCIO-LINGUISTIC DEVELOPMENT PERCEPTION OF ANOTHER CULTURE: PROTOTYPES AND STEREOTYPES Natalia Getmanenko Moscow State Pedagogical University, Russia, ngetmanenko@gmail.com Abstract This article includes a research summary on national cross-identification (prevailing ideas on national character, its perception by another culture, and influence of prototypes and stereotypes). Our research goal was twofold. First, we sought to elicit and analyze students’ perceptions of other cultures. Second, we wanted to demonstrate the inherent difficulties in the process of national identification exemplified by the divergence of individual subjective perception from the overall group opinion. The principal pedagogical issue proposed for discussion by the author is the promotion of active interaction and integration of traditional classroom curricular activities with non-traditional out-of-classroom extracurricular options. Key words: prototypes, stereotypes, national cross-identification, cultural identity. Introduction In this publication, the author examines the problem of intercultural communicational misunderstandings and attempts to answer the question: mishaps in intercultural communication, are they a global problem or a problem of globalization? Undoubtedly, the convergence of the European and global cultural spheres has its benefits. The coming together of various cultures enhances communication and aids objective understanding of cultural differences. At the same time, the temptation to trade our cultural diversity for homogenous cultural uniformity is becoming ever more stronger. In this context, the preservation of small cultures and languages is increasingly relevant. Definition and preservation of national identity is not a novel problem. However, today’s circumstances have altered both our self-perception and others’ perception of us. And so the questions “what are we?” and “how do others view us?” became the foundation of our research. This research was supported and funded by David M. Kennedy Center for International studies of Brigham Young University (USA) in 2005. In our quest, we invited candor from students everywhere – in Russia, United States, Ukraine, Moldova, Latin America, and Asia. Together, we attempted to discover the mysterious snags and snares that impede our communication, to work through them. Presentation of the research results The academic underpinning of our research includes the works of distinguished psychologists, culturologists, and linguists of the present day, among them Bakhtin M. (1986), Losskiy N. (1957), Lewis R.D. (2003), Mead M. and R.Meh trauxe (1953), Scollon R. & Scollon S.W (1957), Wederspahn G.M. (2000), Fabrizio C. (1981), Hall S. (1996), and Huntington S.P.(1996). It is worth noting that most of today’s
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