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ERIC Number: ED356649
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 30
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A Pilot Study of Compliment Responses of American-Born English Speakers and Chinese-Born English Speakers.
Chiang, Belinda; Pochtrager, Fran
This study investigated the ways in which Chinese-born speakers of English and American-born speakers of English differed or were similar in their responses to compliments on: (1) ability; (2) appearance; and (3) possessions. Subjects were 15 Chinese and 15 American individuals, controlled for gender and status. Subjects were asked to write their responses to hypothetical compliments given in 18 specified situations. Responses were classified in five categories: acceptance; positive elaboration; neutral elaboration; negative elaboration; and denial. Results showed significant differences in the two cultural groups. In most situations, the Chinese-born English speakers resorted to negative elaboration and denial while American-born English speakers resorted to positive elaboration. The findings suggest that both groups were frequently placed in uncomfortable situations in the compliment/response sequence. Implications for behavior of individuals in multicultural situations in international business and politics are examined. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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