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Communications Midterm Vocabulary

by: Megan Kauffeld

Communications Midterm Vocabulary COMM 1501-026

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This is all of the vocabulary needed to know for the midterm exam.
Introduction to Human Communication Laboratory
Marianne H. Glaser
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This 9 page Study Guide was uploaded by Megan Kauffeld on Friday January 22, 2016. The Study Guide belongs to COMM 1501-026 at Clemson University taught by Marianne H. Glaser in Fall 2015. Since its upload, it has received 75 views.


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Giving undivided attention to a speaker active listening in a genuine effort to understand the speaker's point of view. adrenaline A hormone release into the bloodstream in response to physical or mental stress. appreciative listening Listening for pleasure or enjoyment. A frame of mind in favor of or opposed attitude to a person, policy, belief, institution, etc. audience-centeredness Keeping the audience foremost in mind at every step of speech preparation and presentation. bar graph A graph that uses vertical or horizontal bars to show comparisons among two or more items. Bill of Rights The first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution. body The main section of a speech. brainstorming A method of generating ideas for speech topics by free association of words and ideas. A method of speech organization in causal order which the main points show a cause- effect relationship. central idea A one-sentence statement that sums up or encapsulates the major ideas of a speech channel The means by which a message is communicated. chart A visual aid that summarizes a large block of information, usually in list form. A method of speech organization in chronological order which the main points follow a time pattern. comparison A statement of the similarities among two or more people, events, ideas, etc. comprehensive listening Listening to understand the message of a speaker. concept A belie, theory, idea, notion, principle, or the like. conclusion The final section of a speech. A word or phrase that connects the connective ideas of a speech and indicates the relationships among them. contrast A statement of the differences among two or more people, events, ideas, etc. Listening to evaluate a message for critical listening purposes of accepting or rejecting it. critical thinking Focused, organized thinking about such things as of evidence , and the differences between fact andss fiction. demographic audience Audience analysis that focuses analysis on demographic factors A statement that depicts a person, event, description idea, or the like with clarity and vividness. egocentrism The tendency of people to be concerned above all with their own values, beliefs, and well-being. empathic listening Listening to provide emotional support for a speaker. Sound ethical decisions involve weighting a ethical decisions potential course of action against a set of ethical standards or guidelines. The branch of philosophy that deals ethics with issues of right and wrong in human affairs. ethnocentrism The belief that one's own group or culture is superior to all other groups or cultures. event Anything that happens or is regarded as happening. extemporaneous speech A carefully prepared and rehearsed speech that is presented from a brief set of notes. eye contact Direct visual contact with he eyes of another person. feedback The messages, usually nonverbal, sent from a listener to a speaker. fixed-alternative questions Question that offer a fixed choice between two or more alternatives. font A complete set of type of the same design. frame of reference The sum of a person's knowledge, experience, goals, values, and attitudes. No two people can have the same. general purpose The broad goal of a speech. gestures Motions of a speaker's hands or arms during a speech. global plagiarism Stealing a speech entirely from a single source and passing it off as one's own. graph A visual aid used to show statistical trends and patterns. The vibration of sound waves on the hearing eardrums and the firing of electrochemical impulses in the brain. A speech early in the term designed to ice breaker speech get students speaking in front of the class as soon as possible. incremental plagiarism Falling to give credit for particular parts of a speech that are borrowed from other people. informative speech A speech designed to convey knowledge and understanding. Anything that impedes the communication of interference a message. Interference can be external or internal to listeners. A statement in the body of the speech that internal preview lets the audience know what the speaker is going to discuss next. internal summary A statement in the body of the speech that summarizes the speaker's preceding point or points. introduction The opening section of a speech. key-word outline An outline that briefly notes a speaker's main points and supporting evidence in rough outline form. A graph that uses one or more lines to line graph show changes in statistics over time or space. listener The person who receives the speaker's message. Paying close attention to, and listening making sense of, what we hear. The major points developed in the body main points of a speech. Most speeches contain from two to five main points. main points The major points developed in the body of a speech. message Whatever a speaker communicates to someone else. name-calling The use of language to defame, demean, or degrade individuals or groups. object Anything that is visible, tangible, and stable in form. open ended questions Questions that allow respondents to answer however they want. paraphrase To restate or summarize an author's ideas in one's own words. patchwork plagiarism Stealing ideas or language from two or three sources and passing them off as one's own. personalize To present one's ideas in human terms that relate in some fashion to the experience of the audience. pie graph A graph that highlights segments of a circle to show simple distribution patterns. plagiarism Presenting another person's language or ideas as one's own. positive nevousness Controlled nervousness that helps energize a speaker for her or his presentations. A method of speech organization in which the first problem-solution order main point deals with the existence of a problem and the second main point presents a solution to the problem. A systematic series of actions that leads process to a specific result or product. What a speaker wants the audience to residual message remember after it has forgotten everything else in a speech. scale questions Questions that require responses at fixed interacts along a scale of answers. signpost A very brief statement that indicates where a speaker is in the speech or that focuses attention on key ideas. situaltional audience analysis Audience analysis that focuses on situational factors such as the size of the audience, the physical setting for the speech, and the disposition of the audience toward the topic, the speaker, and the occasion. situation The time and place in which speech communication occurs. The difference between the rate at spare "brain time" which most people talk and the rate at which the brain can process language. spatial order A method of speech organization in which the main points follow a directional pattern. speaker The person who is presenting an oral message to a listener. A single infinitive phrase that states specific purpose precisely what a speaker hopes to accomplish in his or her speech. Anxiety over the prospect of giving stage fright a speech in front of an audience. sterotyping Creating an oversimplified image of a particular group of people, usually by assuming that all members of the group are alike. strategic organization Putting a speech together in a particular way to achieve a particular result with a particular audience. The materials used to support a speaker's ideas. supporting materials The three major kinds of supporting materials are examples, statistics, and testimony. topic The subject of a speech. A method of speech organization in topical order which the main points divide the topic into logical and consistent subtopics. A word or phrase that indicates when a transition speaker has finished one thought and is moving on to another. Mental imaging in which a speaker visualization vividly pictures himself or herself giving a successful presentation.


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