Claim: Quantity is definitely a maxim of verbal communication set forth by Grice that can best explain the rules regarding â€œsmall talkâ€ in Finland vs the United States. In Hallâ€™s 2005 (p.142), we read the story of a family visiting Stockholm Sweden that where scolded by a local for talking and sharing too much in a public setting.
Definition: The four maxims usually used to analyze verbal communication are quality, quantity, relevance and manner (Hall 2005, p.139-144).
Example: An example from Donal Carbaugh’s account in Finland that reflects one end of your chosen maxim is:
â€œThere are other possible sources of the Finnish claim about “superficial Americans” that are evi- dent in the kind of exchange described above. Some of these relate to ;That might be called rules for speaking. For Finns, especially when in public with people one does not know [really:I well, but sometimes with close friends, it is important to speak properly. One kind of proper speech is guided by some loose configuration of these rules:
- Don’t state the obvious.
- 11 speaking, say something worthy of everyone’s attention.
- Don’t invoke topics or themes that are con- tentious or conflictual (or more positively, keep present relations on harmonious ground).
- Be personally committed to or invested in what you say
- What you say properlyâ€”the unohvious, socially worthwhile, noncontentious, personally involving themesâ€” forms a basis for subsequent interactionsâ€ (Carbaughâ€™s 1995, p. 223).
This illustrates that the Finnish culture value quantity and quality when engaging in verbal interaction.
Explanation: I think my examples illustrate my chosen frames because in Carbaughâ€™s writing, he states the some Finish have concluded that Americans are superficial because they engage in a friendly way, but then donâ€™t act like a true friend at times and this conclusion comes from the quality and quantity of attention during interactions.
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