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340Lecture12 - Lecture 12 Nonverbal Communication: Silence...

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COM 340 Lecture 12 Nonverbal Communication: Nonverbal Communication: and and Communicating with Non-native Communicating with Non-native English speakers English speakers
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COM 340 2 People in every culture “experience” silence in some form or another. However, people’s attitudes toward silence in each social and cultural group can be dramatically different. For example, many cultures of the world expect more silence from women and children than from adult men. Silence can have a positive or negative impact on the communication process. It can provide a peaceful situation by signaling agreement or create tension and uneasiness. Overview of Silence
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COM 340 3 People cause others to be silent… to gain attention to maintain control to protect to teach to attempt to eliminate distractions to show respect for authority or tradition to point to something greater than ourselves or our groups. Silence can be used as the language of super- iority and inferiority, affecting such relation- ships as teacher-follower, male-female, and expert-client. Causing Silence
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COM 340 4 Silencing someone can have both positive and negative effects. In some situations, silence is demanded by others and by those who must themselves be quiet. Often a sign of respect for the wisdom of others. The elderly persons in a family of many Eastern culture groups expect silence from the children and from less authoritative family members as a sign of respect. Causing Silence (con’t)
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COM 340 5 Zones of silence, or places where outside noise is controlled, are sometimes created as a way to make people silent. library museum concert hall funeral home And at certain times in… court room large lecture hall Zones of Silence
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COM 340 6 Northern European and North American societies are involved in linear progression . Even small amounts of silence are filled with
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