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Meanings in Madagascar: Cases of Intercultural Communication
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Author: √ėyvind Dahl.
ISBN-10: 0-89789-642-4 (0897896424)
ISBN-13: 978-0-89789-642-9 (9780897896429)
Language: English
No. of Pages: xvi + 189
Dimensions: 160mm x 241mm x 20mm

Item Identification Code (UID#): 126
Shelving Location: Language
Estimated Value: £65.00
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Meanings in Madagascar

Cases of Intercultural Communication

Bergin & Garvey (1999).
Hardcover Book

From the Accompanying Press Release

Most analyses of interpersonal communication ignore the relationship between communication and culture. When intercultural communication takes place, the interlocutors may have very different conceptions of what is being discussed, since meaning in any culture results from lifelong learning within that culture. Such concepts as worldviews, cultural beliefs, and decision-making processes are unique to each culture, and affect each culture's interpretation of the same discussion. In illustrating possible misunderstandings because of cultural differences, Dahl focuses on the Merina in the Highlands of Madagascar and the Western World. He suggests many ways in which the Malagasy's worldview and values are different from the Westerner's, and how these differences affect communication.


  • Introduction
  • Mysteries of Meaning in Madagascar: "How Can I Ever Understand?"
  • Communication Conditioned by World View: "Where the Dead Ones Do Not Die"
  • Time Concepts and Communication: "When Future Comes from Behind"
  • Under the Menace of Imperfection: "Always Guilty"
  • Vertical and Horizontal Social Structures: "Father and Mother, Sister and Brother"
  • Conflicts and Personal Relationships: The Art of "Living Together"
  • Malagasy Pragmatics: "Don't Show Your Molars to Strangers"
  • Decision Making and Attenuated Speech: "Lukewarm Common Opinion"
  • Interpretive Intercultural Communication: "The End Where Everything Begins"
  • Glossary
  • References
  • Index

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