Comm Ch.4

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  1. Verbal vs nonverbal

    • Verbal - the send & receiving of messages with words
    • Nonverbal - the sending and receiving of wordless messages that can be communicated by body language, postures, gestures, facial expressions, and eye contact.
  2. Arbitrary language

    Created in individual persons o through cultural associations.
  3. Reification

    • When we forget the word is not the thing - 
    • the act of regarding something that is intangible
    • or abstract as tangible or concrete.
    • ex: a woman is not a thing - she has unique personality, feelings, etc.
  4. Bypassing

    Using different words with the same meaning or the same words with different meanings.
  5. The structure of language means

    Governed by a set of rules that is culture bound
  6. Triangle of meaning

    p.64 Figure 4.2
    • The word can have two or more different meanings
    • Denotative - defined in the dictionary with a choice of meanings
    • Connotative - subjective and individual and built on our experiences with that word
  7. Meaning of abstract language

    (t and icn)
    words stand for things, objects, and people, etc.
  8. Denotative meaning

    The objective, agreed upon definition of a word
  9. Connotative meaning

    Influenced by individual personal history or cultural experience
  10. Eight functions of language

    p.65 Table 4.1
    • Reduce uncertainty
    • Express/control emotion
    • Reveal or hide thoughts/emotions
    • Connect with or avoid others
    • Create our own style
    • Share information
    • Control or be controlled
    • Monitor or analyze our communications - have the power of "metacommunicaiton" - we talk about our talk
  11. In the 8 functions of language "Metacommunication" means

    p.65 Table 4.1 (last one)
    how we can "talk about our talk" in a stressful situation can help us "control" the situation
  12. Authoritative nature of language

    The rules of communication with particular others in certain communication contexts.  It tells us who people are, their position in society, and how we should interact with them. Sometimes they are understood across the entire culture; at others times, they create barriers between individuals and groups.  EX: southern talk vs western talk
  13. Sapir-Wharf hypothesis

    p. 66
    Language is the most significant factor in determining what we see in the world and how we think about and evaluate what we see
  14. How is Language Ambiguous?

    • 1.Depending on how you phrase the sentence the word ambiguous has multi-meanings 2.Interpretation has changed over time
    • 3.When words do not have a clear meaning
  15. Euphemism

    wording to "soften" reality or be "sensitive" to another person
  16. Doublespeak

    Language deliberately constructed to disguise or distort its actual meaning
  17. Lying

    words/actions to deceive
  18. Classification/Labels

    tell us about a group to which someone belongs
  19. Sterotypes

    • Oversimplified categories to classify individuals to reduce uncertainty
    • Can be positive or negative
  20. Racism

    Superior or inferior beliefs regarding particular groups
  21. Ethnocentrism

    The view that one's own culture or group is the center of the universe
  22. Hate speech

    Attacking the status of entire groups - ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion
  23. Sex vs Gender

    • Sex is biological
    • Gender is a set of expectations for appropriate behavior
  24. Sexism

    Prejudice regarding expectations  of what is appropriate female and male behavior, and assertions on gender superiority.
  25. Heterosexism

    Prejudice regarding issues of sexual orientation and the question of whether attraction to the same sex is a choice
  26. Females & Males

    p. 70
    • Men approach the world as individuals; hierarchical of power; negotiate; solve problems; offer solutions
    • Women hierarchical of friendship;view the world as a network of connections; negotiate for closeness, confirmation, and support
  27. Linguistic determination

    The power of language to influence interpretations within cultures
  28. Linguistic determinism

    p. 71
    The power of language to influence interpretations of the world in a specific culture.
  29. Language and culture 

    p. 71
    • Language allows people to develop values and beliefs and allows us to share our customs
    • Culture affects how we use language to identify our goals and how we achieve those goals.
  30. Collectivist vs individualist cultures

    • Collectivist emphasize the group success
    • Individualists emphasize individual success
  31. Mindlessness

    The use of fairly habitual or scripted ways of communicating regardless of the others in the communication experience
  32. Mindfullness

    Willingness to create new categories of meaning and understanding in communicating in new situations.
  33. Jargon

    p. 74
    • A language strategy used by a specific group to create a sense of community among group members.
    • Ex: technology, sports teams, rock climbers,
  34. Rhetorical Sensitivity

    The ability to adapt to the widest range of communication experiences with skill, considering the most appropriate response based on a comprehensive understanding of the entire communication experience.
  35. Confirming language

    p. 75
    Language that acknowledges and directly supports the contributions of another person
  36. Disconfirming language

    p. 75
    Language that evaluates or judges the contributions of others.
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Comm Ch.4
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