Week 4 Discussion
Our focus in Week 4 is on verbal and nonverbal communication. We will explore how we
learn about the rules of verbal communication, the functions of language, and the
relationship between language, meaning and culture. We will examine the relational nature
of language and how it can be used to bring people together or separate people through
Another important topic we will learn about is nonverbal communication and its impact on
interpersonal communication. Nonverbal communication includes vocal elements
(paralanguage) such as pitch, volume, and rate, as well non-vocal elements or body language,
such as gestures, facial expressions, and eye contact, to name a few.
The English language evolves. Some scholars think we are in the middle of a new
evolution, where text and instant messaging lingo and spelling will be widely accepted
and the rules, we learned in school will fade away. What do you think? Explain your
response in a paragraph or two.
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