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ERIC Number: ED075866
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Pages: 9
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Speech-Communication Criticism: No Statues...Yet.
Ochs, Donovan J.
The practice of criticism of speech communication is advocated, defined, and developed on societal and practical, functional grounds. Although the author concludes that there are few direct societal benefits from criticism of speeches, he does find extensive research writings that center on analysis of rhetorical phenomena, primarily public speeches of prominent figures. In defining speech communication criticism, the author includes the broader study of nonverbal communication modes as well as the more narrow traditional study of words. Rhetoric is defined as a "rationale of instrumental, symbolic behavior." The author concludes that by studying how verbal discourse influences rhetoric, the critic of speech communication can investigate other systemic or symbolic environments. (CH)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Minneapolis, April, 1973)