Dits waar (it is true) - An Analysis of the Communication among Construction Workers at Mabapi Estates

Lovie Edwin Seru (1)
(1) Department of Communication, University of Botswana , Botswana


This study analyzed the communication among construction workers at Mabapi Estate. Its primary objective was to establish the relationship between languages and work in construction industry through the description and explication of communication behaviors and competences that construction workers relied on to participate in intelligible socially organized verbal and non-verbal interactions. To gather data for the study, an ethnographic participant observation and semi-structured interview methods were used. The study established that construction workers: created a common language that comprised coinages and vocabulary derived from different language communities, had the propensity to talk about issues that may appear uncouth to the civilized society and that they employed varied non-verbal cues to enhance their verbal interactions.

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Lovie Edwin Seru, Department of Communication, University of Botswana

Lovie Edwin Seru holds a PhD in Media and Communication Studies. He currently teaches academic and professional communication courses at the University of Botswana. His research interests “stretches” across a wide range of communication disciplines such as: professional communication, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, development communication, new media and mass media communication. Dr Seru is also a member of the Persona cluster of the Persona Celebrity Publics Research group based at Deakin University, Australia.

Seru, L. E. (2016). Dits waar (it is true) - An Analysis of the Communication among Construction Workers at Mabapi Estates. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 16(2), 1–12. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v16i2.721

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