• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

In this volume, Gudykunst applies his world-renowned approach to intercultural communication to the specifics of Japanese//North American communication. After laying out the basic theories of intercultural communication, the authors explain the similarities and differences in patterns of communication in Japan and the United States. They then demonstrate how an understanding of these contrasting patterns can help Japanese and North Americans communicate more effectively. By examining issues such as attitudes and stereotypes, ways to deepen the understanding of Japanese behaviour are suggested. Also discussed are the factors that influence motivation, knowledge and skills to increase communication effectiveness.

Language Usage in the United States and Japan
Language usage in the United States and Japan

In the previous chapter, we examined cultural similarities and differences between Japan and the United States. Our purpose in this chapter is to extend our analysis of how the two cultures are similar and different by focusing on selected aspects of communicating in English and Japanese. Language is important for several reasons. It is reciprocally related to culture; that is, our culture influences how we use language and our language usage influences how we view of our culture. Our language also influences how we look at the world and at the people in our culture.1

In a short book like this it is impossible to examine all aspects of the two ...

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