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Elise Combier-Kapel Benjamin Junge Cultural Anthropology 2/26/08 1
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Section 1: Characterize yourself as a communicator Although I like to think of myself as more of a listener than a talker, I am an assertive communicator during face-to-face interactions. I do not interrupt others in conversation; I try to wait until the speaker is finished before giving my input. Eye contact is very important because it lets others know that you are listening and being attentive to them. I try to maintain effective communication and observe others rather than judge them during a conversation. I tend to negotiate rather than argue. I make my presence known but I am not overly abrasive. I live in New York City, in which there are many dialects that can be found. It can be argued that each of the five boroughs of New York City have a different dialect. By living in Manhattan all my life, I can tell when a girl is from Staten Island from the way she speaks and I can also know that a guy is from Brooklyn by the sound of his voice and words he uses. I attended an all girls private school on the Upper East Side for six years and then I transferred to a public school in a bad neighborhood. I remember being so taken aback by these public school kids’ language. It was littered with curse words and nobody was very polite at all. I still attended church on the Upper East Side so I had to learn how to deal with the diglossia. In regards to code-shifting, I speak completely different to my close friends than I do with my parents. When speaking with my friends I will use curse words to emphasize a point, yet when talking with my parents about the same point I would not dare curse. Furthermore, something I might say to a friend as a joke could not be said to my parents because it would probably be lost on them or be taken in a different way. 2
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I am a very big non verbal communicator. Sometimes I will just let my facial expression do the talking. If I am listening to someone speak, my face will react. My very close friends have pointed out before what a few major recurring faces that I do mean. I will touch the person I am communicating with, usually. Maybe I will pat them on the shoulder, rub their back, touch their arm briefly, and sometimes link arms while walking. Section 2: Characterize your texts
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ANT 101 taught by Professor Junge during the Spring '08 term at SUNY New Paltz.

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