Edited By Lucyna Aleksandrowicz-Pędich and Jacek Partyka
Stereotyping Through Silence and Speech. Cross-Cultural Differences in Conversational Styles of Poles and Jews as Presented in Polish Literature
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Stereotyping through Silence and Speech. Cross-Cultural Differences in the Conversational Styles of Poles and Jews as Presented in Polish Literature
People make inferences about their conversational partners based on the way they speak. Ways of using silence and speech in interaction, together with types of content, pacing, pausing, taking turns, pitch and intonation are highly individual, yet certain patterns seem to prevail in particular speech communities. Both individual and cross-cultural differences in this field result in different meanings and negative personality characteristics ascribed to the way other people communicate. Mismatches in attributing psychological characteristics to conversational styles often lie at the root of the perception of otherness, and, in consequence, of distance and conflict. Therefore, in the present paper differences in conversational styles prevailing in Polish and Jewish communities as presented in Polish literature will be analysed in order to show how differences in interactional behaviour might have functioned as one more factor leading to the negative stereotyping of Jews in the Polish community. Examples will come from selected Polish novels and short stories of the 19th and 20th centuries by authors such as Konopnicka, Orzeszkowa, Prus, and Reymont, though the persistence of certain perceptions will also be sought in the literary work of the turn of the 21st century, such as recent novels by Chwin and Ostachowicz.
Conversational styles and their components
A basic assumption of conversation studies states that each conversation participant...
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