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Lebanese conversational style and cultural values


This paper investigates the Lebanese conversational style in relation to Lebanese cultural values. The study adopts a discourse analysis approach based on interactional sociolinguistic methodology for the analysis of audio-recordings and semi-structured interviews involving Lebanese nationals (multi-active culture) and members of linear-active cultures, in addition to participant observation. Four distinctive linguistic features characterizing the Lebanese conversational style are identified: topic (focus on personal topics and abrupt topic shift), pacing (overlap and fast pace), expressive phonology and intonation, and formulaic language. The findings of this study reveal that the Lebanese have a high-involvement conversational style as a result of their cultural values which reflect those of high-context, multi-active and collectivist cultures. Furthermore, a connection is made between cultural and communicative differences which can account for instances of stereotyping and misunderstandings between members of the two cultural groups.
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hal-03462289 , version 1 (01-12-2021)



Sasha G. Louis, Rana N. Khoudary. Lebanese conversational style and cultural values. Intercultural Pragmatics, 2021, 18 (5), pp.571-604. ⟨10.1515/ip-2021-5001⟩. ⟨hal-03462289⟩
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