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By Rogelio Diaz-Guerrero, Lorand B. Szalay

The communique Lexicon is a brand new notion; it's a new resource of data within the box of language and sector reports. Its concentration is on people's state of mind, their body of reference, their attribute outlook on existence. in comparison to the extra conventional quarter stories, our major concentration isn't really on heritage or faith or geography, no longer on tangible fabric realities of lifestyles in a selected state, yet fairly on people's shared subjective perspectives of these actual ities that are dominant of their minds. the focal point of the research is largely mental; it truly is founded on perceptions and motivations which impact people's offerings and behaviour. in comparison to person psychology, the knowledge repre­ sented through this quantity is psycho-cultural in that it's established at the shared perceptions and motivations which individuals with an analogous language, backgrounds, and stories improve jointly right into a shared cultural view or subjective illustration in their universe. the eye psycho-cultural elements are receiving nowadays follows from the turning out to be cognizance that their affects are robust and but they ensue with no people's information. in accordance with vast empirical info produced via an analytic means of indepth evaluation, the conversation Lexicon provides the culturally attribute method of meanings which individuals of a selected cultural group improve in construing their global. on the point of specifics the lexicon describes how chosen topics equivalent to relatives, society, paintings, and leisure are perceived and understood by means of contributors of 3 cultures: Mexicans, Colombians, and U.S.

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In the group response lists each response is accompanied by a response score which indicates how important, or how salient this mosaic element is in the group's image of the United States. These reveal some highly subjective perceptions and evaluations of the United States as seen by each group. In their totality, the distribution of all the responses obtained to a particular theme or issue offer for each group a detailed and faithful description not only of what is salient in people's minds but also of what is not.

In other words, it is important to know what has high priority and subjective importance to other people. S. Americans. The themes having high subjective importance are identified by using a well established theme selection procedure described in Current Anthropology (Szalay and Maday, 1973). Independently from this procedure the dominance scores show the relative importance of selected themes to the groups compared (see Appendix I). In the present context the dominance scores, or total scores, show the subjective importance given by the groups to the themes studied; they provide insights into subjective priorities which the group itself might not estimate correctly if directly questioned.

Americans than for Mexicans would be given greater attention by Americans, but less by people in Mexico. The potential of the communicator to promote mutual understanding depends on his ability to use the priorities and meanings of a particular group as the realistic point of departure. Earlier studies (Szalay, Lysne, and Bryson, 1972) have shown that associative data reflecting salient cultural perceptions and dispositions of a particular group can be used to produce effective and meaningful communication.

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