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Cultural difference in business. Why language is not everything that Noam Chomsky said it is. Few scientific disagreements lead to public controversy.

Why language is not everything that Noam Chomsky said it is

But there are times when the subject or the participants in a debate so capture the public imagination that otherwise dry, technical matters of discord among researchers erupt into the media, eliciting a wide array of opinions from experts and non-experts. Getting the public interested is good for science if it leads to deeper thinking about things that are of importance to understanding our species. And there is a controversy of just this type bubbling away for many years now in linguistics. Most recently, the disagreements in the field have pulled the American author Tom Wolfe into the fray, with a new book, The Kingdom of Speech, and a cover story in Harper’s Magazine on the topic. This has changed the debate a bit, engaging many more people than ever before, but now it’s centred around Wolfe, Noam Chomsky – and me. The meaning of silence in different cultures.

Silence can be used to intimidate; or to save face; to show respect; or it can simply suggest that the other person is relaxed enough in your company to enjoy a quiet moment.

The meaning of silence in different cultures

Misinterpreting the meaning of silence in different cultures, though, and you could be on your way to losing an important business deal. Silence in Japanese culture “I was part of the EMEA team when the Japanese bank I was working for took over an American bank,” says a former VP of marketing. Intercultural Management. Diversity and inclusion in the workplace - ESSEC Business School. Body Language - Our Perceptions Of Personal Space. Chapter 9 Thousands of books and articles have been written about the staking out and guarding of territories by animals, birds, fish and primates.

Body Language - Our Perceptions Of Personal Space

Man too has his territories. When you understand the implications of this, you can gain enormous insights into your own behavior, and the face-to-face reactions of others can be predicted. American anthropologist Edward Hall was one of the pioneers in the study of man's spatial needs and in the early 1960s he coined the word 'proxemics', from 'proximity' or nearness. How to Manage a Virtual Team? - Explained in 3 Minutes by Professor Anca Metiu.

How to solve virtual team conflicts. Humor and culture in international business. Live cultural map over time 1981 to 2015. The secret powers of time. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story. Hofstede's Dimensions of Culture - Explained Easily. France and the French; A Danish Perspective with Mathilde Bruun Larsen. Orangina Advertising - Japan - Richard Gere - Cafe. "The Blind Men and the Elephant" by John G. Saxe (read by Tom O'Bedlam) The Monkeys and the Bananas Story. How We (Mis-)See the World — feel like you belong. Above is a map full of such bad information and half-guesses about lands outside US-Americans’ personal experience.

How We (Mis-)See the World — feel like you belong

It makes two observations: 1) When you come from a particular place, you idealize that place. You refer to its customs as “right” or “logical.” This makes you see other places as “backward” or “rude.” The phenomenon is called ethnocentrism, and it is not restricted to residents of the United States. Everyone grows up ethnocentric, thinking his/her country is the best. 2) We rely on hearsay, media, and others to form our views of foreign lands. The Dune Model of Culture Bolten. Bafa Bafa. Diversity Disruption in 3 minutes - Junko Takagi, ESSEC Business School. Does language shape how we think? Linguistic relativity & linguistic determinism. How the Languages We Speak Shape the Ways We Think. Colour is in the eye of the beholder - BoreMe. Cognitive Linguistics: Color. John McWhorter à la Polyglot Conference 2015.

Publié le 29/03/2016 par Éditions Assimil 0 commentaire Invité de la Polyglot Conference de New York en octobre 2015, le linguiste américain John McWhorter s’attaque à une des thèses les plus débattues de la linguistique moderne : l’hypothèse de Benjamin Lee Whorf.

John McWhorter à la Polyglot Conference 2015

Les linguistes américains Edward Sapir et Benjamin Lee Whorf sont les auteurs d’une des thèses les plus controversés de la linguistique et de l’anthropologie. Selon eux, la langue que nous utilisons conditionne la façon dont nous voyons le monde. Benjamin Lee Whorf a poussé ces réflexions plus loin en affirmant que les locuteurs de différentes langues pensent le monde différemment parce que sous le langage se cachent des modes de pensée profonds. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

Do You speak Touriste ? HOW DOES OUR LANGUAGE SHAPE THE WAY WE THINK? Humans communicate with one another using a dazzling array of languages, each differing from the next in innumerable ways.

HOW DOES OUR LANGUAGE SHAPE THE WAY WE THINK?

Do the languages we speak shape the way we see the world, the way we think, and the way we live our lives? John Kerry and Francois Hollande's awkward embrace. Low-Context Culture: Definition & Overview. Low-context culture is a term used by anthropologist Edward T.

Low-Context Culture: Definition & Overview

Hall in 1976 to describe a communication style that relies heavily on explicit and direct language. Learn more about low-context cultures from examples and test your knowledge with a quiz. Explore our library of over 10,000 lessons Click "next lesson" whenever you finish a lesson and quiz. Got It You now have full access to our lessons and courses. You're 25% of the way through this course! Way to go! Congratulations on earning a badge for watching 10 videos but you've only scratched the surface. I gesti italiani: quali sono e cosa significano? LA BISE by PAUL TAYLOR (VOSTFR) How to shake hands around the world. Signification du sourire en Thaïlande. Vous l’avez très certainement déjà relevé, la Thaïlande est souvent appelée le Pays du Sourire.

Signification du sourire en Thaïlande

Ce surnom n’est vraiment pas volé puisque les Thaïlandais ont élaboré un véritable art de la communication non verbale basée sur le sourire, ou plutôt les sourires. En effet, au Siam, un sourire peut avoir une multitude de sens en fonction de l’expression faciale (bouche, yeux, nez…) qui l’accompagne et du contexte dans lequel il est adressé. Loin de ne signifier que le bonheur ou la satisfaction, ce dernier peut tout aussi bien exprimer l’excuse, la gêne, la frustration ou encore l’agacement. How to Manage a Virtual Team? - Explained in 3 Minutes by Professor Anca Metiu. Cross-cultural negotiations: Avoiding the pitfalls. 24 Charts of Leadership Styles Around the World. Growing up in three countries (South Korea, Canada and United States), I’m fascinated by how culture shapes different leadership styles.

24 Charts of Leadership Styles Around the World

Richard D. Lewis charted 24 different leadership styles in his book “When Cultures Collide.” This is a ground-breaking book when it comes to finding clues to understanding of intercultural communication. The following leadership infographic is quite fascinating. crossculture.com. Getting to Si, Ja, Oui, Hai, and Da. Tim Carr, an American working for a defense company based in the midwestern United States, was about to enter a sensitive bargaining session with a high-level Saudi Arabian customer, but he wasn’t particularly concerned.

Getting to Si, Ja, Oui, Hai, and Da

Carr was an experienced negotiator and was well-trained in basic principles: Separate the people from the problem. Define your BATNA (best alternative to a negotiated agreement) up front. Focus on interests, not positions. Culture Matters. Culture Matters Summer 2015 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 6:28 — 5.9MB) Subscribe: iTunes | | Islamic Marketing - Explained in 3 Minutes by ESSEC Professor Cedomir Nestorovic. Stereotypes: Funny because they are true: Katerina Vrana at TEDxThessaloniki.

Everything you always wanted to know about culture. Connecting Across Cultures : Dianne Aigaki at TEDxNapaValley. The survivor's guide to cross cultural com...: B.Du Mesnil and C.Naschberger at TEDxMinesNantes. Cross cultural communication. Why cultural diversity matters. Cultural difference in business. Riding the waves of culture: Fons Trompenaars at TEDxAmsterdam. Humor and culture in international business. Apollo Robbins: The art of misdirection. TEDxAjman - Ali Al Saloom - Cultural Identity. The building blocks of language and perception: Alistair Knott at TEDxAthens. My favorite TED talks on self-perception, culture, and identity.

I am a bit of a sucker for TED talks (TED= Technology Education Design). These less than 20 minute videos are excellent ways to satisfy my need to learn something new in bite-sized formats. Ready to consume and full of new ideas, I am always amazed by the fascinating, funny, courageous talks that are shared across the globe.

Since I am focusing this blog on our perception of the world around us, about the impact of culture, and how to better understand your reality in relation to others, I have curated a list with my favorite TED talks on self-perception, culture, and identity. They are not in a particular ranking order. Looking past that one image we have of a person to dive deeper and more complex. Be challenged to look past your first impression and perceptions. Pico Iyer: Where is home?