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Chapter 5 Notes from class
Fundamentals of Human Communication
Daniel West
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Date Created: 02/02/16
Chapter 5: Verbal Communication Language: a collection of symbols, letters or words with arbitrary meanings that are governed by the rules and used to communicate Language must be…  Encoded: translated into thought  Decoded: assigned meaning Language consists of…  Signs: produce meaning in interaction with receivers  Codes: systems into which signs are organized The 4 Rules of Language… 1. Phonology: the way sounds are created to form words (Ghoti/ GH-0- TI/Fish) 2. Syntax: the way in which words are combined into sentences (I am hungry. Am I hungry?) 3. Semantics: the meanings of words on the basis of their relationship to one another and to elements in the environment (You are COOL. I would like a COOL drink) 4. Pragmatics: how language is used in practice (How are you doing? Howsitgoing?) a. Phatic communication: words and phrases to be polite in conversation Language and Culture…  Culture is transmitted through language  Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis: the perception of reality is determined by thoughts and thoughts are limited by language. Language shapes reality o Jobs o Location Language Organizes…  We use language to describe things to others Language is Arbitrary …  Denotative Meaning: Dictionary  Connotative Meaning: Personal Language is Abstract…  Language moves us to more specific descriptions  Hiyakawa (1978) Ladder of Abstraction Language: Obstacle or Enhancement?  Grammatical Errors Colloquialisms: Informal phrases (Have a nice day) Cliché: an expression that has lost originality and force through overuse Euphemisms: Pleasant expression, socially polite Doublespeak: Purposes constructed to disguise actual meaning Slang: words that belong to a specific group Profanity Jargon: Job related language Informal and IM Language: internet words Regionalisms: phrases/words specific to regions Sexist, Racist, Heterosexist, Ageist Language


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