The silent language, Volume 175
In the everyday but unspoken give-and-take of human relationships, the silent language plays a vitally important role. Here, a leading American anthropologist has analyzed the many ways in which people talk to one another without the use of works. The pecking order in a chicken yard, the fierce competition in a school playground, every unwitting gesture and action-this is the vocabulary of the silent language. According to Dr. Hall, the concepts of space and time are tools with which all human beings may transmit messages. Space, for example, is the outgrowth of an animalʼs instinctive defense of his lair and is reflected in human society by the office workerʼs jealous defense of his desk, or the guarded, walled patio of a Latin-American home. Similarly, the concept of time, varying from Western precision to Eastern vagueness, Is revealed by the businessman who pointedly keeps a client waiting, or the South Pacific islander who murders his neighbor for an injustice suffered twenty years ago.
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In the Middle East, Americans usually have a difficult time with the Arabs. I
remember an American agriculturalist who went to Egypt to teach modern
agricultural methods to the Egyptian farmers. At one point in his work he asked
his interpreter ...
American men who were taken prisoner indicate that Americans are quite
vulnerable pyschologically. The simple rule of "tell 'em your name, rank, and
serial number, nothing else," didn't work. Many Americans talked too much.
The two cultures involved were the Spanish and the American; at the heart of the
prolonged crisis was the differing view which each group takes of law,
government, and family. The Latin-American Spanish have developed the
institution of the ...
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This work is helpful in understanding communication. Hall points out the importance of non-verbal communication. Examples of crucial communication that takes place non-verbally would include gestures ... Read full review
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An anthropologist talks of culture as communication. Read full review