Comm 100 Chapter 2 Vocab: Definitions, Models and Perspectives
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Latin word meaning "to determine, bring to and end, or settle"
how broad or narrow a definition is
is communication intentional?
the person who is speaking, sending a message is communicating
the person who is interpreting the message is communicating.
arbitrary and conventionalized representations
spoken symbolic interaction
the way people use symbolic words to create common meaning and share that meaning with another
the unspoken, often unintentional behavior that accompanies verbal communication and helps us fully interpret its meaning.
an abstract representation of a process, a description of its structure or function.
dividing a process into constituent parts and showing us how parts are connected
- models that allow us to answer "If... then" questions.
- Ex: hypothesis
a model that show us how to control a process
a coherent set of assumptions about the way a process operates
focuses on that happens inside the minds of communicators as they transmit and receive messages.
social construct perspective
sees communication as a process whereby people, using the tools provided by their culture, create collective representations of reality.
communication consists of a a system of interlocking, independent "moves", which become patterned over time.
- connected to the psychological approach
- describe cause and effect laws that connect communication variables.
- connected to the social construct perspective
- human behavior is chosen
- connected to the pragmatic perspective
- describe inter-dependent patterns of behavior rather that individual behaviors
cultural studies perspective
culture shapes communication
ethnography of communication
when people share common ways of thinking about communication and common styles of talk, they have formed a speech community
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