Japanese Intercultural Communication Strategies in Multinational Companies

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大山, 中勝 (1997)
  • Publisher: 千葉大学外国語センター
  • Journal: 言語文化論叢 = Papers on languages and cultures, volume 3, pages 59-92

The purpose of this study is to describe, from a sociolinguistic perspective, major language functions during which Japanese-American communication occurs in multinational companies in the United States. Comparing communication problems across major language functions and research memos, five major themes emerged: (1)foramlity; (2)social hierarchical distinctons; (3)ambiguous communication strategies; (4)consensus making; and (5)language attitudes. This paper also aims to identify the intercultural communicative strategies that might assist Japanese workers to negociate communicative events.
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