Meanings in Madagascar: Cases of Intercultural Communication
Most analyses of interpersonal communication ignore the relationship between communication and culture. When intercultural communication takes place, the interlocutors may have very different conceptions of what is being discussed, since meaning in any culture results from lifelong learning within that culture. Such concepts as worldviews, cultural beliefs, and decision-making processes are unique to each culture, and affect each culture's interpretation of meaning. To illustrate problems with communication and culture, Dahl focuses on the cultures of Madagascar and the Western World. He suggests many ways in which the Malagasy's worldview and values are different from the Westerner's, and how these differences affect communication. A "meaning matrix" is included to assist in interpretations of everyday cases.
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accepted according action agricultural ancestors Andriamanitra Andriamanjato Andrianampoinimerina Antananarivo Antsirabe attitude avoid behavior blame Chapter Christian church communication in Madagascar conceptual systems confrontation consequences considered context cyclical Dahl dead decoder demonstrated Didier Ratsiraka elder empathy event event-related time concept exhumation expressed famadihana farmers father and mother feel fihavanana FRAMES OF REFERENCE future gasy Gudykunst hasina havana high-context honor important individual interaction intercultural communication interpretative approach izay language leader linear time concept living low-context Madagascar Malagasy culture Malagasy language Malagasy Lutheran Church Malagasy world view Malgache meaning matrix Merina metaphors missionaries negotiation of meanings nonconfrontation norm Norwegian observed partners person problems procedure proverb raha Rahajarizafy Ralibera ray aman-dreny razana relationship RESPECTIVE CULTURAL FRAMES rice rules school secretary semiotic share situation social society solidarity stereotypes structures tion tomb traditional tsiny and tody understand Vakinankaratra vazaha village Westerners and Malagasy women words world order
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