Paper Communicating Without Words: Focus on Malaysians

Wong, Ngan Ling and Kuang, Ching Hei and David, Maya Khemlani (2010) Paper Communicating Without Words: Focus on Malaysians. In: Proceedings of 2010 International Conference on Humanities, Historical and Social Sciences (CHHSS 2010), 26-28 February, 2010, Singapore. (Unpublished)


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Japan is a socially constructed society with group-orientation and social interdependence play an important role in Japan. Communication without words (silence) is possible and preferable (Wong, 2005). For instance keeping quiet to show deference or respect to others or, to maintain harmony in certain situation; are highly valued in Japanese society. Is silence a salient feature in discourse among the various ethnic groups in multiracial Malaysia? This is the focus of this study. This study looks at how the three dominant ethnic groups of Malaysia view ‘silence’ as a tool in communication. Data is analyzed using SPSS and findings are presented in two sections.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nonverbal communication,Interpersonal communication,commmunication, Racially mixed people--Malaysia,Ethnic groups--Malaysia.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
Depositing User: Mr Mohd Fazli Zainordin
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2012 08:20
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2019 08:25

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