ERIC Number: ED309491
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
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Cultural Perspectives on Love.
Lindstrom, Anna K. B.; Samovar, Larry A.
To examine how different cultures define and express love, a study focused on the discourse concerning love as advanced by four students from India, Iran, Japan, and Norway. The discourse was recorded on two different occasions: an extended interview about students' perceptions of love both in their countries and in the United States; and a panel discussion on the subject of love. The tapes yielded one hour of discourse which was analyzed as a means of isolating likenesses and differences in how cultures perceive and signal love. The discourse was examined by combining B. Brummett's "consensus criticism" and G. Lakoff and M. Johnson's theory of metaphors. Analysis revealed that international students used four dominant metaphors in their perceptions as well as expressions of love: love as a product; love as play; love as a contract; and love as responsibility. This finding reveals the important role metaphors play in intercultural communication. (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: India; Iran; Japan; Norway