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Intercultural Nonverbal Communication

Although language often comes to mind first when considering communication, no discussion of communication is complete without the inclusion of nonverbal communication (NVC). NVC is also known as body language in popular culture and is generally defined as encompassing almost all of human communication except the spoken or written word, or as the transfer and exchange of messages in any and all modalities that do not involve words. One of the major ways by which NVC occurs is through nonverbal behaviors (NVBs), which are the behaviors that occur during communication that do not include verbal language. But our definition of NVC implies that it is more than body language. It can be in the distance at which people stand while they converse. It can be ...

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