Accession Number : AD0721303

Title :   A Lexicon of Selected U.S.-Korean Communication Themes.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN SOCIAL SYSTEMS KENSINGTON MD

Personal Author(s) : Szalay,Lorand B. ; Moon,Won T. ; Lysne,Dale A. ; Bryson,Jean A.

Report Date : MAR 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 198

Abstract : The lexicon presents empirically founded information directly relevant to communications and has a broader scope than conventional foreign-language dictionairies, which only provide foreign words that are lexically equivalent. The data show that from the viewpoint of communication the words in these conventional dictionairies are actually not equivalent. The lexicon compares an American and a Korean group's interpretation and evaluation of selected themes and shows the major differences that require special attention in actual communications with Koreans. Based on the analysis of free verbal association material produced by 50 U.S. and 50 Korean students, the data show the culturally characteristic use and interpretation of 20 important communication themes selected from the problem domains of nationalism, social relations, social values, education, and achievement. The meaning of each theme is described in terms of its most important components of cultural understanding. These components suggest meaningful contexts for effective communication with similar Korean groups. The cultural trends of interpretation that consistently emerge across themes suggest practical guidelines for communications, which are not limited to the scope of the particular themes selected for the study. The data have potential utility in a number of tasks and assignments that require effective communication between Americans and Koreans-such as training, advisory missions, civil information programs, language and area preparation. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*DICTIONARIES, *CULTURE), (*SOCIAL COMMUNICATION, *SEMANTICS), SOUTH KOREA, PUBLIC OPINION, WORD ASSOCIATION, ENGLISH LANGUAGE, POLITICAL SCIENCE

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Linguistics
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE