American and Australian Communication Styles Analytical Essay by Nicky

American and Australian Communication Styles
An examination of the cultural-linguistic commonalities and distinctions of Americans and Australians.
# 148966 | 1,824 words | 4 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 16, 2011 in Communication (Language and Speech) , Language (English: Linguistics)

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The paper makes the argument that while American and Australian linguistic approaches are fundamentally similar in a lot of ways, there are key differences in communicative tendencies that reveal something of the broader cultural difference that distinguish Americans and Australians. The paper illustrates these differences in their differing approaches to formality and self-presentation.

From the Paper:

"This points directly to the matter of self-presentation, which intentionally or not is inherently the result of the communication of a message. In terms of the drawing distinctions between Americans and Australians, we find that self-presentation takes on similar mores but that it carries great nuance that is typically more readily interpreted by one within the same culture.
"The result is a revelation about certain approaches to conversation which are loaded by cultural considerations rather than by individual proclivities. For instances, "in public meetings, Americans will openly debate political matters, but we are talking here about communicative style in interpersonal situations. Politics and religious are thought to be 'controversial,' and discussing a controversial topic can lead to an argument. Americans . . . are taught to avoid arguments." (Althen, 35) This tendency can have a formative impact on the subjects which Americans will be willing to breach in interpersonal conversation, the degree to which they are willing to engage such subjects and the expressive decisions made in that engagement. In a manner which Althen addresses, this may underscore the tendency toward some reliance upon small talk in American communicative culture, with self-presentation suggesting a general openness to polite engagement but a guarded disclosure of self. Althen suggests that this tendency toward small talk in private meeting or upon first meeting an individual is based on a cultural convention to avoid confrontation, particularly where personal unfamiliarity is a presence."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Althen, G. (2003). The Communicative Style of Amercans. Intercultural Press.
  • Lanier, A.R. (2005). Dominant U.S. American Values. Intercultural Press.
  • Renwick, G.W. (1991). Extract: A Fair Go For All: Australian/American Interactions. Intercultural Press.
  • Wierzbicka, A. (2003). Different Cultures, Different Languages, Different Speech Acts. Cross-Cultural Pragmatics: The Semantics of Human Interaction.

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