Presentation of Self

Table 5 Communication Patterns: Expression of Self

What is confusing to English speakers about Athabascans?

What is confusing to Athabascans about English speakers?

They do not speak They talk too much
They keep silent They always talk first
They avoid situations of talking They talk to strangers or people they don’t know
They only want to talk to close acquaintances They think they can predict the Future
They play down their abilities They brag about themselves
They act as if they expect things to be given to them They don’t help people even when they can
They deny planning They always talk about what’s going to happen later
Adapted from “Interethic Communication” written by Ron and Suzanne Scollon 1980 published by Alaska Native Language Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks