International Scientific and Practical Journal

"Studies in Philology and Cross-cultural Communication"


Culturally patterned interpretation of silence

Rudik I.N.
Candidate of Philology, Associate Professor
Zhitomir I. Franko State University


Abstract: The paper puts forward the hypothesis that the decisive role in interpreting silence as a form of communicative behavior is played not by the specific culture the interlocutor belongs to, but by the more general cultural pattern. The typology the research is based on differentiates between collectivist and individualist cultures. Marked distinctions in the communicative styles of representatives of these cultures are accounted for by substantial differences in cognitive metaphors existing in the ir conceptual systems.

Keywords: silence, communicative act, individualist cultures, collectivist cultures, strict father family, nurturant parent family

For citation: Rudik I.N. Culturally patterned interpretation of silence // Studies in Philology and Cross-cultural Communication, 1(1). Available from: http://vfmk.ru/en/journal/01/0111.html [Accessed 12/07/17].


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