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ERIC Number: ED103931
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 16
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Reference Count: 0
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Two studies on Communicational Consequences of Elaborated and Restricted Language Performance.
Bradac, James J.; And Others
The purpose of these studies was to determine if a speaker using relatively restricted language would be judged more negatively by middle class listeners than a speaker using relatively elaborated language. The subjects for the first experiment were sixty-three volunteers from an indergraduate speech class. Two versions of a message were recorded in length. Half of the subjects were told that the speaker was communicating in a stimulated interview for a teaching position and the other half were told that the speaker was communicating with another student in an informal classroom exercise. The results indicated that there is no evidence of interaction between situational formality and message elaboration. The restricted version produced more negative ratings. The second study further explored the determinants of the main effects for elaboration and restriction. The communication situation was constant for all subjects and the situation was described as formal. The results indicated that lexically restricted message versions were judged more negatively than lexically diverse ones. The restricted version produced more positive ratings of the attitudinally neutral concept. (WR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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