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Knowing Each Other's Minds: Japanese And American Experts Share Knowledge , Lee Stanley Tesdell Jan 1999

Knowing Each Other's Minds: Japanese And American Experts Share Knowledge , Lee Stanley Tesdell

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International communication is often examined through the lens of miscommunication and grounded in the simplistic notion that effective international communication requires learning culture-wide rules. Culture-wide generalizations, however, don't work beyond the most elementary level. In fact, international communication is often characterized by understanding rather than miscommunication---knowledge sharing that may be influenced by interlocutors having similar knowledge and common purposes;Here I explore the question of what contributes to the ability of technical experts from different cultures to communicate with each other. I analyzed transcripts of face-to-face meetings between a Japanese Ministry of Agriculture official, Tatsuya Go, and six Iowa ...