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Communication Studies
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Amanda Bishop

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Lecture #3:
- Questions from last week
- Clicker test
- Professional Language use
- Language and Attitude
- Dangers of language
- CW #3
- Participation Activity
Workplace Equity:
- People work for rewards
- People seek empowerment
- People become stressed when they feel treated unfairly
- People who experience stress will try and restore equity
- From Goodall et al, 2008
- Mindfullness about your speech and written work is important
Language us “ a collection of symbols governed by rules and used to convey messages
between individuals”
Language is Symbolic:
- Denotation – what it is
- Connotation – how we feel about it
Meanings are in people, not words.
- Meanings of words are social constructs
- See diagram in book
Language is rule – governed
- Phonological rules – sounds of words
- Syntactic rules – the ordering of words – accepted ways of structuring phrases and
- Semantics rules – the meaning of things, how different words mean different
things to different people
- Pragmatic rules – realistic solutions – practical everyday uses of language
- Table 396 – Powerless language
Sources of Misunderstanding:
- Equivocal Language – words that have more than 1 meaning
- Relative words - relative to something
- Slang and Jargon-
- Overly abstract language - So general or non specific that a meaning can not be
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