Silent Language and Its Function in Successful Relation
Keywords:Silent Language, Foreign Culture, Teaching Second Language, Arabic Language, Context.
AbstractLanguage is a communicative instrument in peoplesʼ lives in society, but it is not the only instrument for communication. People have other non-lingual instruments like Silent Language which its function is to make communication. This language has a constructive and crucial role in the types of communication in people's lives. Almost 30 to 40 percent of our methods of communication is verbal, and around 60 to 70 percent is non-verbal. The research method of this study is descriptive-analytic in which non-verbal communication aspects like kinesis, proxemics, chromatics, turn taking, paralanguage, silent language, and the Maptic system have been studied. This research indicates that the relations in the Middle East, especially in Arab countries, are based on context and unfamiliarity with the other cultures leads to failure in communication. Since the difference of sovereignty in Arab countries is so clear, the distribution of speech turns in this culture is based on individual characteristics such as age, social place, and power. In Arab culture, less attention is paid to time in contrary to the western culture. In conversations the Arabs tend to move closer to the hearer; however, this in relation to the distance in the western culture, tends to convey sexual feelings or enmity.
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