Contents of Talk

Table 5 Communication Patterns: Expression of Self

What is confusing to English speakers about Athabascans?

What is confusing to Athabascans about English speakers?

They are too indirect; too inexplicit They aren’t direct of specific when they talk about people or things
They just leave without saying anything They have to say “goodbye” even when they can see that you are leaving
Adapted from “Interethic Communication” written by Ron and Suzanne Scollon 1980 published by Alaska Native Language Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks