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Unformatted text preview: Interpersonal Communication The Basics Lecture Material by Kevin Skidmore Language: Barrier and Bridge Abstract language – language that lacks a description of observable elements Abstraction ladder – a range of more to less abstract terms describing an event or object Behavioral language – language that describes observable behavior “But” statements – statements in which the word but cancels out the expression that proceeded it Convergence – the process of adapting one’s speech style to match that of others with whom the communicator wants to identify Divergence – speaking mannerisms that emphasize a communicators differences from others Emotive language – language that conveys the sender’s attitude rather than simply offers an objective description Equivocal language – ambiguous language that has two or more equally plausible meanings High-context cultures – cultures that avoid direct use of language relying on the context of a message to convey meaning “I” language – a statement that describes the speaker’s reaction to another person’s behavior...
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- Fall '09
- Kevin Skidmore Language, description Equivocal language, meanings High-context cultures, Bridge Abstract language