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Edward Twitchell Hall is widely credited with launching the field of intercultural communication, principally through his first and most widely read book, The Silent Language, published in 1959, a book he never imagined would become the seminal work for a new field of study. Hall is also credited with being the first to use the term intercultural communication. The Silent Language, which Hall wrote as an elaboration of an article he had published in The Scientific American in 1955, remains in print after more than half a century. Including translations, it is estimated that T he Silent Language has reached more than 5 million people. In that book, Hall put forth themes that he would continue to investigate and expand on for the next four ...

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