American Cultural Patterns: A Cross-Cultural Perspective by Edward C. Stewart, Milton J. Bennett

By Edward C. Stewart, Milton J. Bennett

This learn of yankee behavioural and inspiration styles analyzes Americans' perceptual techniques and the way they distinction with the methods of taking into account different cultures. The textual content covers language and non-verbal behaviour and breaks down cultural styles into 4 dimensions: type of task, kind of social relatives, belief of the area, and notion of the self. This examine is helping the reader learn the cultural dimensions of verbal exchange and their implications for cross-cultural interplay.

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A E S C H Y L U S : " T H E S U P P L I A N T M A I D E N S " (LINES 4 1 1 - 4 1 7 ) TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH VERSE BY G . M . COOKSON. E 20 AMERICAN CULTURAL PATTERNS Sensation Human beings live in a world of overwhelming sensations. The human eye is capable of identifying some 7,500,000 distinguishable colors (Geldard 1953, 53). The human ear has been estimated to respond to 340,000 discriminable sounds (Geldard, 24). Smell, taste, touch, pain, and the other senses signal information about physical conditions that are immediately important for survival (see Gregory 1970, 12).

In England, w e still employ this same metathesis when w e refer to a clergyman's collar as a "dog collar" instead of a " G o d collar" (27). Other animals sharing the ambiguity of the dog are the cat, horse, ass, goat, pig, rabbit, and fox. These animals "appear to be specially loaded with taboo values, as indicated by their use in obscenity and abuse by metaphysical associations or by the intrusion of euphemism (Leach, 41). The observation that perceptual category boundaries are learned and are arrived at by subjective processes of interpretation which lead to different experiences of reality contradicts the natural view of Americans that one lives according to a specific, objective reality.

An American manager, situated in Tokyo, received an order for his company's products produced at a plant three hours away by train. He knew that the plant was running near full capacity, but he decided to call his plant manager, an excellent Japanese engineer trained in a leading Japanese university, and ask him for his estimate of how long it would take to fill the order. The Japanese declined to give an answer. The American pressed for an estimate but failed to persuade the Japanese to respond.

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