Culture and Explicitness of Persuasion: Linguistic Evidence From a 51-Year Corpus-Based Cross-Cultural Comparison of the United Nations General Debate Speeches Across 55 Countries (1970-2020)

Cross-Cultural Research Vol/Iss. 57(2-3) Sage Journals Published In Pages: 166-192
By Shen, Li


The gap in persuasion explicitness between the East and West is closing.


Regressions of the data coming from the East and West seem to indicate that this gap is closing. Student's t-tests, Welch's t-tests, and Mann Whitney U tests don't entirely confirm this, showing a fairly consistent pattern of significant distances between the East and West over time.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Polynomial RegressionSupport ClaimedUNKNOWNUNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Persuasion explicitnessDependentOratory
East/West attributionIndependentIdentification, Location