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ERIC Number: ED312673
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Dimensions of Talk Used in Interpersonal Communication: The Scales of the Talk Assessment Survey.
Wanberg, Kenneth W.; Goldberg, Alvin
A study tested the assumption that a number of independent constructs are needed to explain phenomena associated with spoken language communication. Measurement was operationalized through the use of categories of talk statements used in interpersonal communication. These categories, labeled "comemes," were derived through the use of an open-ended questionnaire which prompted people to report what they say or do in talk communication. A self-report instrument, the Talk Assessment Survey, was developed from a list of 141 comemes and 11 primary and 3 second-order common fractions were identified. The instrument was tested on 224 subjects. Scales estimating the factors were found to have optimal internal-consistency reliability and a high degree of relative statistical independence. The factor scales were also found to be differentially related to several quasi-independent measures. The statistical independence among the three second-order factors suggests that there are probably at least three broad dimensions of talk used in interpersonal communication. The comeme factors may represent underlying source structures of spoken language communication. (Seven tables of data are included and 72 references are attached.) (Author/MG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A