Distribution 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 avoid direct questions They ask too many questions
They never start conversations They always interrupt
They talk off the topic They only talk about what they are interested in
They never say anything about themselves They don’t give others a chance to talk
They are slow to take turns in talking They just go on and on when they talk
Adapted from “Interethic Communication” written by Ron and Suzanne Scollon 1980 published by Alaska Native Language Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks