Unformatted text preview: gual situation, the following steps in procedure are
1.Approach with a smile. A genuine smile has practically the same meaning in all
2.Talk. It is essential to speak (English, French, Spanish, anything.) This lets the
natives know that you want to communicate.
3.Act out friendly gestures. The investigator should extend the hand or hands,
meanwhile watching native actions carefully, so as to conform to them. For
example, if the natives offer to snap fingers (the practice of the Uduks near the
Ethiopian border) the investigator must do likewise.
4.Readily smile or laugh at your own mistakes. This will at least prevent a
misunderstanding arising from unwitting offense because of improper conduct...
7. Ask for the name of some object, using appropriate gestures (carefully noting
the behavior of the people). The natives will usually guess what is wanted and
will reply with something....”...
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- Fall '08
- Pidgin, speech community, Communication Matrix, ad hoc communication