COMMSG2 - Communication 101 Study Guide 2 . Human...

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Communication 101 Study Guide 2 . Human Communication textbook, Chapter 3 1. The meaning of denotation and connotation? Denotation: refer to the primary associations a word has for most members of a given linguistic community. Connotation: other secondary associations a word has for one or more members of that community. 2. The difference between egocentric and sociocentric speech? Egocentric: speech does not adapt information to the receiver. Sociocentric: centered on social interaction. 3. The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis? Sapir-Whorf: the world is perceived differently by members of communities and that this perception is transmitted and sustained by language. 4. The five language problems and their definitions? 1) Abstract Language: vagueness of words and hard to decode the intended meaning. 2) Inferences: a conclusion or judgment derived from evidence or assumptions. 3) Dichotomies: polar words, “two valued.” Ex: success=good & failure=bad. 4) Euphemisms: substitute mild, vague or less emotionally charged terms for more blunt ones. 5) Equivocal Language: two or more possible meanings. 5. The difference between powerful and powerless language ? Powerful: speech free of such usage and effective. Powerless: ineffective. . “uh” “well” “kinda” “I think” 6. The meaning of metacommunication? Communication about communication. “Content of message is about way of communication” Human Communication textbook, Chapter 4 1. The differences between verbal/vocal, verbal/nonvocal, nonverbal/vocal, and nonverbal/nonvocal communication? Verbal/Vocal: communication through spoken word. Verbal/NonVocal: words are involved but no speaking takes place. (writing a letter)
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course COMM 101 taught by Professor Tusing during the Spring '08 term at Arizona.

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COMMSG2 - Communication 101 Study Guide 2 . Human...

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