ERIC Number: ED099919
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Verbal Patterns in Dyadic Interaction.
Ayres, Joe; Ivie, Robert L.
Selected aspects of Kenneth Burke's "dramatistic" model of symbolic interaction were operationalized to describe and compare verbal patterns in transactions between five pairs of friends and five pairs of strangers. Based on Altman and Taylor's social penetration theory, it was predicted that interactants would display verbal patterns unique to the stage of their relationship and to the intimacy level of their conversation. Friends were found to orient toward two definitions of the situation and to emphasize five pentadic ratios significantly more often than strangers. Strangers relied more than friends on three other ratios. Low intimacy conversations differed from other intimacy levels on one aspect of the definition of the situation and six ratio categories. These findings suggest that Burke's system offers viable categories for characterizing verbal patterns at the various stages of relationships. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (Newport Beach, California, November 1974)