PhD Research School in Linguistics and Philology

Doctoral defence for Kristin Rygg

1 June Kristin Rygg will defend her thesis on business communication between Japanese and Norwegians.

We are pleased to inform that Kristin Rygg’s PhD thesis has been accepted for defence. The defence consists of two parts — trial lecture and oral defence.

Trial lecture

Time: Thursday 31 May, at 16.30. Duration 45 minutes.

Place: Auditorium B, Sydneshaugen skole.

Given topic: "(In)directness - Distance or Proximity?"


Time: Friday 1 June, 09.30–approx. 13.00.

Place: Auditorium B, Sydneshaugen skole.

Title of the thesis: "Direct and Indirect Communicative Styles. A study in Sociopragmatics and Intercultural Communication. Based on Interview Discourses with Norwegian and Japanese Business Executives."


First opponent: Associate professor, Ph.d. Lisbeth Clausen, Department of Intercultural Communication and Management.

Second opponent: Prof. Sylvia Waechter, Universität der Künste Berlin.

The committee is headed by associate professor Annette Myre Jørgensenen, Department of Foreign Languages, University of Bergen.

The defence will be chaired by professor Johan Myking, Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic studies, University of Bergen.