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ERIC Number: ED071132
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
Pages: 37
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The Rhetoric of Goodbye: Verbal and Nonverbal Correlates of Human Leave-Taking.
Knapp, Mark L.; And Others
Human communication research has identified and tested numerous aspects of interpersonal transactions, but at present there exists no empirically verifiable data as to how people end these transactions. This study is concerned with the rhetoric of goodbye--determining and assessing the peculiar behaviors, both verbal and non-verbal, with which interpersonal transactions are terminated. Through controlled observation and laboratory testing, the authors sought answers to the questions: (1) What specific verbal and non-verbal behaviors are associated with the termination of communicative exchanges? and (2) Do these termination behaviors vary according to the situational and relational constraints that bind two communicators? The results are interpreted suggesting the existence of certain normative characteristics to termination behaviors and also identify what seem to be the unique communicative functions of leave-taking. (Author/LG)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Assn. (58th, Chicago, December 27-30, 1972)