Developing Communication Theories

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Gerry Philipsen, Terrance L. Albrecht
SUNY Press, 1997 - Philosophy - 196 pages
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Leading scholars present the principal findings and conclusions of a long-term program of research into the nature and dynamics of human communication.

Well-known authors present not only their own theories of human communication, but also describe, from personal vantage points, the process by which they constructed their theories. The authors' narratives of their experiences in posing, formulating, and empirically investigating their questions provide invaluable instructional models for current students.

The vitality of this book derives from the communal focus on the theory and practice of language and other means of communicative conduct. Each chapter is concerned with the pragmatics of human communication and describes an original and systematic study of the phenomena with recourse to data. Together, these chapters represent a range of important contemporary directions in communication studies.

 

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Contents

Patterns of Sociation and Cognitive Structure
7
Message Production under Uncertainty
29
The Development of Theory about Automated Patterns
57
Variation Adaptation and Functional Explanation
85
A Theory of Speech Codes
119
Developing Communication Theories
157
Contributors
193
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Gerry Philipsen is Professor in the Department of Speech Communication at the University of Washington. He is the author of Speaking Culturally: Explorations in Social Communication also published by SUNY Pres.

Terrance L. Albrecht is Professor in the Department of Community and Family Health in the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida.

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