Thursday, November 25, 2010


In 1979, sociolinguist John J. Gumperz collaborated on a BBC film called "Crosstalk". The 30 minute film was part of a series on "multi racial Britain", and gave examples of how people from different backgrounds could have problems interacting with each other due to both linguistic and cultural miscommunication. What one person thinks he/she is expressing is not necessarily what another person is interpreting.
An excellent example of such miscommunication seems to have been distributed almost 10 years earlier, however. Anyone familiar with counterculture of the 1960's would know it - although they perhaps may not have seen it with subtitles:

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