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ERIC Number: ED438585
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Pages: 8
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Verbal Communication Styles: Some Implications for Intercultural Listening.
Oludaja, Bayo
As advancements in communication technologies increase, so do the opportunities for communicating with people from different cultures. As contacts increase, so does the awareness of the misunderstanding that often arises in the process of communication. For example, different cultures have different modes of verbal behavior. This paper examines some of the implications which different verbal styles have for listening. W.B. Gudykunst and S. Ting-Toomey (1988) have identified four verbal communication styles across cultures: direct versus indirect, elaborate versus succinct, personal versus contextual, and instrumental versus affective. The paper discusses these four styles concluding that those verbal communication styles are learned within the cultural context of the users, and suggesting that to be more adept at intercultural listening a person needs to be familiar with these various styles and the main values that they reflect. (NKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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