COM 103 chapter 5 outline

COM 103 chapter 5 outline - COM 103 Chapter 5 Outline...

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COM 103 Chapter 5 Outline Objectives: To understand the process by which verbal communication becomes meaningful To identify the units of language To appreciate the place of language in culture To know how to use verbal communication responsibly I. Verbal Communication and Meaning A. Words are Symbolic, Arbitrary, Ambiguous, and Changeable 1. Words are Symbolic a. Symbolic- words represent ideas or objects that allow us to talk about them, also allow us to talk about things that do not exist 2. Words are Arbitrary a. Arbitrary- words have now direct connection to the object they represent 3. Words are Ambiguous a. Ambiguous- words meanings are not always clear, and a wide variety of interpretations are sometimes possible 4. Words are Changeable a. Changeable- meanings of words change based on social, political, and culture contexts, and the historical time in which they are used B. Words Imply Actions and Attitudes 1. Words have a powerful capacity to influence our thoughts and actions
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course COM 103 taught by Professor Lawrence during the Fall '07 term at Bradley.

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COM 103 chapter 5 outline - COM 103 Chapter 5 Outline...

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