What are culture-specific ways of communication and why?

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How do Americans open a conversation?

With an assertive self-introduction.

How do the English open a conversation?

They follow a 'no-name' rule in social situations until a much greater degree of intimacy has been established.

What is the only correct way to introduce yourself in meetings?

Not introduce yourself at all, but find some other way of initiating a conversation - such as a remark about the weather.
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What features belong to high involvement style?

  • topics: prefer personal topics, shift topics abruptly, introduce topics without hesitance, persistence if a new topic is not immediately picked up;
  • pacing: faster rate of speech, faster turn-taking, avoid interturn pauses, cooperative overlap, participatory listenership;
  • expressive paralinguistics: expressive phonology, marked pitch and amplitude shifts, marked voice quality, strategic within-turn pauses.

Which are culture-specific ways of communication?

  • the degree of directness in conveying intentions;
  • the amount of information embedded in the context;
  • the degree of involvement in conversation;
  • the amount of gap between turns; and
  • the distance and space between people

Which are notions and models behind these culture-specific ways of communication?

  • face and politeness
  • rapport
  • wakimae: a key Japanese cultural term
  • connectedness and solidarity

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