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Anth, 11 Feb 2002

Saturday 16 Feb 2002: 15 Extra Credit points for going and writing up
Chinese Spring Festival: Year of the Horse
5377 New Peachtree Rd.
11 AM - late afternoon
$5 admission
across from Chinese Cultural Center

Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: book on American and hybrid culture

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  • Social penalties for having accents?

  • video

    • food names:

      • Southern woman ordering, New York Deli

      • cabinet = milkshake (RI)

      • gumband = rubber band

    • children sound different than parents

    • Brooklyn : identified slum

    • technical and professional language

    • "Boston brahmin" : Oliver Wendell Holmes
    • North End (Boston): Phillip's "Italian" accent

    • Discrimination in telephone apartment "quals" based on stereotypes of culture

    • Southern?:

      • slower, drawn out

      • different phrase

      • poss. nasal twang (TX, TN) (Willie Nelson)

      • flat "a" sound

      • multisyllable pronouncing of single syllable word

    • Brooklyn:

      • stand-up comics from burlesque theater

      • characterized as a comic act

    • Boston ("Brahmin"):

      • upper class

      • lived on Breed's, Knox Hill

      • long hard "a"

      • precise, clear ennunciation

      • stereotype: educated, white, English?, well groomed, rich

    • Boston (North End):

      • words not well pronounced, run together

      • speak quickly

      • thick, virtually unintelligible in places

      • stereotype: poor, uneducated Italian immigrants

Same Words, Different Meanings:

  • RI: "cabinet" as milkshake

  • Pittsburgh: gumband as rubber band

"Shakespeare in the Bush"

  • Hamlet

  • Tiv? Culture that conflicts with Hamlet:

    • men are obligated to wed their brother's widow

    • no fear of ghosts, little belief in ghosts

    • elders should dispense justice

Time concepts as cultural conflict:

  • Americans greatly value time:

    • lateness unacceptable

    • "Time is money."

    • hourly wages

    • rigid scheduling

    • proliferation of watches and clocks

  • other cultures do not value time so much as relationships
  • American businessman in Rio on strict schedule:

    • Latin American cultures develop individual relationships with business partners

    • Argentinians (eg) will entertain guests and show off their country before business is discussed

  • Americans compartmentalize business from life, family

  • Listener intuition:

    • Japanese: do not wish to explain things completely

    • Nigerians: "cut your grass" or snakes will come

    • "saving face": avoid embarassment,discomfort,injury to another person

    • utilize indirect communication to avoid offense

    • listener can infer details

    • long pauses, interjections used to avoid directly disagreeing

Verbal vs. Non-verbal:

  • Swiss German
  • German
  • Scandinavian
  • North American
  • French

  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Greek
  • Arab
  • Chinese
  • Japanese

  • list: verbal to non-verbal

  • Swiss Germans: 80% of message in words used

  • Japanese: 20% of message is in words used


  • soles of feet not be shown

  • remove shoes on entering home,temple, mosque

  • feet tucked under when seated

  • crossing arms: closure, sometimes aggression

  • hands: not in pockets, keep visible, insulting, arrogant

  • eye contact: Americans: honesty, respect

  • direct eye contact: aggressive in Singapore

  • intense eye contact between men is expected in Arabia

  • no eye contact tolerated between men and women

  • American: travellers: eye contact until enter personal space, until past

  • acculturation: behavior absorbed, not taught

  • staring is acceptable in many cultures (eg Greece)

  • eye contact cosidered aggressive in many cultures

North Americans
Eastern Europeans
Latin AmericansAsians

  • greatest amount of space to least
  • Arabs (men) averages 4 feet or less
  • stepping back (reflexive) is insulting
  • tangent on Lebanese Christian conversions
  • Egypt: empty theater: sit next to you

Saturday 16 Feb 2002: 15 Extra Credit points for going and writing up
Chinese Spring Festival: Year of the Horse
5377 New Peachtree Rd.
11 AM - late afternoon
$5 admission
across from Chinese Cultural Center

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