Functions of Communication

Humans communicate for several reasons: regulation and control, social interaction, motivation, information, and emotional expression. Collectively, these reasons are called the Functions of Communication. Each Function is based on the Speaker's purpose for communicating. lf the Speaker's purpose is to control others by managing their behavior, then the Speaker is using the function of Regulation and Control.

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Explaining Verbal Miscommunication

Miscommunication has been observed to occur along, the dimensions of communication. Specifically, society has a strong influence on the effectiveness of Nonverbal Communication. Moreover, in the Verbal Dimension, the words…

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The Speech Act Theory

John L. Austin (1962) espoused the Speech Act Theory, and this was developed by John Searle (1969). Austin divided the speech acts into locution or the actual utterance, illocution or the real intended meaning, and perlocution or the actual effect or response.

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The Style of Speech
The Style of Speech

The Style of Speech

How we communicate may largely depend on the context. Do we use contractions and slang during a business meeting or when delivering a speech? Do we use formal language when we are with our family and close friends or when we tweet or blog? Do we crack jokes in a news report or during a job interview? There are proper words for different times.

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