Speech Codes Theory Applied to Problematic Situations in Intercultural Communication A Six-Step Iterative Training Cycle

Daniel Chornet (1) , Bracey Parr (2)
(1) Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus , Spain
(2) Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus , Spain


In this article, we propose a six-step iterative training cycle for intercultural trainers and trainees to understand the cultural codes underlying conflict in intercultural communication. We offer this training cycle, grounded in speech codes theory and ethnographic research methods, as a complementary alternative to traditional prescriptive cultural values approaches. Speech codes theory is a descriptive theory that conceptualizes culture as a system of norms, premises, and symbols about communication that is shared by members of a given speech community. Further, we argue that a corollary of understanding speech codes through our six-step iterative training cycle is the development of emic intercultural communication competence and sensitivity.

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Daniel Chornet
dchornet@slu.edu (Primary Contact)
Bracey Parr
Author Biographies

Daniel Chornet, Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus

Daniel Chornet, Ph.D.is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Communication at Saint Louis University-Madrid Campus, Spain. His research interests lie at the intersection of cultural and intercultural communication and discourse studies.

Bracey Parr, Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus

Bracey Parr recently graduated from Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus with a B.A. in Communication Studies with an international emphasis. Originally from Virginia, United States of America, he has lived in Madrid for four years and centers his research on multilingual and intercultural interpersonal communication.

Chornet, D., & Parr, B. (2017). Speech Codes Theory Applied to Problematic Situations in Intercultural Communication A Six-Step Iterative Training Cycle. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 17(1), 1–15. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v17i1.706

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