AN ANALYSIS OF TOPIC MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES AND TURN-TAKING BEHAVIOR IN THE HONG KONG BILINGUAL ENVIRONMENT : The Impact of Culture and Language Use

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-42
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Business Communication
Volume43
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006

Abstract

This study builds on and contrasts with the earlier published framework of Du-Babcock by analyzing the topic management patterns and turn-taking behaviors of 10 additional groups of Hong Kong bilingual Chinese in their first- and second-language decision-making meetings. Although 8 of the 10 groups matched Du-Babcock's earlier findings, two groups did not and offered new reasons for such a result. The 8 replicating groups confirmed that different communication behaviors emerged in the domain of topic management for both Cantonese (first language) and English (second language) meetings, whereas the 2 nonreplicating group results indicated that second-language proficiency is likely a contributing factor that affects the topic management of Chinese bilinguals when participating in Cantonese and English meetings. This article discusses why the topic management patterns and turn-taking behaviors emerged as they did across these 10 additional groups. The article also suggests implications for international business communication practice and further research.

Research Area(s)

  • Business communication behavior, Second language communication, Topic management strategies, Turn taking

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