Mediated Discourse (MD)
reports a longitudinal study of the development of a one-year-old
child, focusing on a single, narrowly defined social practice
– handing, or “the simple practice of giving an
object to another person” (p. 12). In this book, R. Scollon
proposes a framework of mediated discourse to address social
(practice) theory, which was “badly in need of an ontogenetic
view of social practice” (vii).
Although Ron Scollon is an author of both books under review, the
second differs from the first, theoretical, work in focusing on practical
application. Professional communication in international settings
(PCIIS) is an excellent book that is much needed by professionals,
researchers, trainers, or anyone else involved in business or professional
communication across cultural boundaries. Different from many other books on
the same subject, its goal is to offer a method for effective communication,
and it can be used as either a textbook or a reference.