What are culture-specific ways of communication and why?

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How do Americans open a conversation?

With an assertive self-introduction.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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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