TANAPORN SIRATANAPANTA (CHIANG MAI RAJABHAT UNIVERSITY)

LINE (MOBILE MESSENGER APPLICATION) STICKERS AS NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION USED BY THAI AND JAPANESE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS : INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

Nonverbal communication studies involve the studies about the body movements and activities such as eye behaviors, vocal expression of emotions, pauses, and hesitation in a speech during a face-to-face interaction. Nowadays, the change and advance in technology have transformed the way people communicate with each other, and mobile phones have become an essential tool for communication, especially among the young generation. One function of mobile phones that is used widely among the young generation is messenger (or chat) application to send and receive messages, pictures, video clips, or stickers to the other party synchronously. This paper discovers the nonverbal communication functions found in LINE stickers as used by Thai and Japanese University Students. The discussions include how LINE stickers in the study were regarded as nonverbal communication which served various functions. These functions were grouped into the functions which share the same usage by the Japanese and the Thai students and the functions which were used differently.

Recieved a MA. in Intercultural Communication with International Communication and a Ph.D in Business in Administration. Interested in intercultural communication, organizational behavior , organizational communication , change and management research and English Teaching .