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Intercultural Communication by Ling Chen

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Mary Bresnahan and Yi Zhu

9Interpersonal communication and relationships across cultures

Abstract: Interpersonal communication describes how two people use psychological, communicative, relational, nonverbal, contextual, and discourse strategies to conduct their relationships. When two people from different cultures communicate, often this imposes several challenges to communication. This essay probes several phenomena including cultural differences in face, self-disclosure, and the communication of intercultural couples. Representative studies for each of these interpersonal processes are summarized. There is also a discussion of how the study of these interpersonal processes between people from different cultures has extended into the new social ...

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