Speech Communication 102
 Introduction to Speech Communication
 Spring 2004



      I.  Foundational structures and processes of communication
          A.  Language structures
                1.  Morphology
                2.  Phonology
                3.  Syntax
          B.  Language and thought
                1.  Influence of thought on language
                2.  Influence of language on thought
          C.  Expression and meaning
                1.  Extension explanation of meaning
                2.  Image explanation of meaning
                3.  Concept explanation of meaning
                4.  Intention explanation of meaning
          D.  Language acquisition
                1.  Areas of linguistic development
                2.  Stages in language acquisition
          E.  Nonverbal behavior and communication
                1.  Types of nonverbal behavior
                2.  Functions of nonverbal behavior
                3.  Relation of nonverbal and verbal behavior
                4.  Universals in nonverbal behavior
          F.  Speech acts
                1.  Speaking as action
                2.  Three types of actions
                3.  Utterances and speech acts
                4.  Constitutive rules
                5.  Speech act families
          G.  Inference in communication
                1.  Cooperative principle and maxims
                2.  Constitutive rules for speech acts
                3.  World knowledge
          H.  Perspective-taking
                1.  Perspective-taking and reciprocal perspective-taking
                2.  Development of perspective-taking in childhood
                3.  Listener adaptation in communication
          I.  Coda:  concepts of communication
                1.  The code view of communication
                2.  Misconceptions in the code view
     II.  Functions and effects of communication
          A.  Identities and identity management
                1.  Performances
                2.  Teams
                3.  Regions
                4.  Performance disruptions
                5.  Disclaimers and accounts
          B.  Social support
                1.  Effects of social support
                2.  How people seek support
                3.  How people give support
                4.  Threats to acceptance and autonomy
          C.  Argument and argument structure
                1.  Argument form
                2.  Argument prototypes
                3.  Standards for good argument
                4.  Analyzing arguments
          D.  Processes of social influence
                1.  Compliance
                2.  Identification
                3.  Internalization
          E.  Mass media news
                1.  News coverage of political campaigns
                2.  News diffusion
                3.  Agenda-setting
                4.  Knowledge gaps
                5.  Suicide stories
          F.  Mass media entertainment
                1.  Overt functions
                2.  Latent effects

    III.  Forms and contexts of communication
          A.  Conversation
                1.  Turn-taking
                2.  Adjacency pairs
                3.  Conversational openings and closings
          B.  Writing and print
                1.  Contrasts between speaking and writing
                2.  Development of writing
                3.  Development of printing
          C.  Electronic media
                1.  Specific media: telegraph, telephone, radio, television, computer
                2.  Media generally: use, interrelationships, effects, evolution
          D.  Culture and communication
                1.  Variation across cultures in communicative practices
                2.  Intercultural communication
          E.  Organizational communication
                1.  Vertical communication
                2.  Communication networks
                3.  Communication technology in organizations

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