ERIC Number: ED097033
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Oct
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Human Communication, Semiotics, and General Systems: Personal and Social Communication.
Ruben, Brent D.
Questions as to the nature of sign and symbol processes and the functions and behavioral consequences of human significant phenomena are of central concern in semiotics and communication. These matters continue to be of critical importance and are still largely unresolved. Scholars in both areas of inquiry have sought unification of scientific thought relative to socio-behavioral phenomena. Cross-disciplinary unification, around the notions of dynamic, organization maintaining, and elaborate structures in particular have been suggested in the works of general systems theory. Developments in human communication theory, which draw on systems theory, underscore factors which have impeded progress toward the development of more generic concepts of sign/symbol processes and their relationship to human behavior, and suggest, at the same time, alternative conceptualizations of these phenomena. A skeletal taxonomy of human communications systems, in which the concepts of personal and social communication are central, is presented and discussed, providing one example of an integrative framework for conceiving of sign/symbol processes and their role in human behavior in a general, interdisciplinary fashion. (Author)
Descriptors: Classification, Communication (Thought Transfer), Concept Formation, Information Theory, Interdisciplinary Approach, Scientific Methodology, Semiotics, Sign Language, Social Behavior, Symbolic Language, Systems Approach
Proceedings of ASIS Conference, American Society for Information Science, Publications Division, 1155 16th Street, N. W., Suite 210, Washington, D. C. 20036 ($14.50 members, $17.50 nonmembers)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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