ERIC Number: ED313718
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
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Theoretical Practicality: A Functional Taxonomy of Speech Communication.
McQuillen, Jeffrey S.; Quigley, Tracey A.
Symbolic interactionism, or the interactional perspective, provides the broadest overview of the major theoretical divisions in the field of speech communication. It is neither too abstract nor overly concrete and is directly linked to communicative behavior, and thus does not impose an inappropriate mechanism on the discipline in order to create a quality of sophistication and maturity at the expense of potentially rich avenues of exploration. A new taxonomy for speech communication should include a set of symbolic interactions ranging along a conceptual continuum from impersonalness (those interactions affected by role assignment) to interpersonalness (those interactions dependent on the psychological characteristics of the interactants). The major concern with regard to this approach should be the operationalization of those symbolic variables that will best describe crucial points on the continuum. (KEH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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