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Department
Communication Studies
Course
COMN 2111
Professor
Dalton Kehoe
Semester
Fall

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Communication in Everyday Life Lecture – October 1st, 2013 Interpersonal Communication  We talk because we NEED TO KNOW  To meet this need we must create shared meanings with others o Trying to find some common understanding of what’s really going on, who they are, and what’s going to happen next Defining Interpersonal Communication  IP communication is a process o It is an interweaved process or flow  Whereby 2 or more people within a particular context  Who are aware of each other o Need to notice the other person, or know that they are there  To act together to create, sustain and manage meanings  Through the sending and receiving of messages  Using both socially shared verbal symbols and biologically shared non- verbal symptoms and symbols Two Key Concepts  A Particular CONTEXT  Create, sustain, and manage MEANINGS The context of contexts: Culture and Meaning Culture as context and store of meanings  Culture is the ultimate context—the context of all contexts  Culture stores meanings of life:  A way of life that is learned and shared by groups of human beings and taught by one generation to the next o Like how children learn everything by watching  Every group has a culture o Some distinct sense of commonality Culture Consists of…  Knowledge—how world is constructed and works (including language) o What makes things happen? o How come the sun shines? People associate it with God. This is seen as knowledge based on what culture you come from  Values—Most important goals worth achieving o All societies have things that they feel people should achieve o Every group has a series of goals and values that human beings are supposed to achieve o People teach you what is important and what is not  Symbolic Expression—means of communication (including language) Qualities of Culture  Learned from previous generations  Broadly shared o But sub-cultures within general culture- differ in some respects (example: York University has a shared culture, and then different clubs and student associations are sub cultures within York)  Adaptive o Focus on meanings not things o (Family of 4, 1 mom, 1 dad, 2 kids and a dog is a thing NOT a meaning but a thing) o (Family helping each other out, caring, lending a hand, etc is MEANINGS) Once s
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