A system of symbols that we use to think about and communicate experiences and feelings
The basic, consistently accepted definition of a word
The emotional or attitudinal response people have to a word
The system of symbols you use to describe people, things, and situations
The system of rules of a language that guides the creation of words, phrases, and sentences
The process of learning to use language appropriately and effectively
Using language to send and receive information
Emotions; the use of language to express emotion
The ability to think, play, and be creative in communication
Learning and following the rules for managing conversations and relationships
A model that ranks communication from specific, which ensures clarity, to general and vague
Using unclear or misleading words
Inoffensive words or phrases that substitute for terms that might be perceived as upsetting.
Language that is informal, nonstandard, and usually particular to a specific group
Technical language that is specific to members of a particular profession, interest group, or hobby
The study of the relationships among symbols, objects, people and concepts; the meaning that words have for people
The ability to use the symbol systems of a culture appropriately
Language that has subtle meanings that influence perception
Politically Correct Language
Language that replaces biased language with more neutral terms
A statement that is true and verifiable
Statements that involve personal evaluations
Deductions or conclusions that we make about the facts we observe
Sets of complex language behaviors or options that we draw on to meet the demands of specific situations
Formal, polite, language, used in business contexts, in the classroom, or even at formal social gatherings
Informal language used in casual environments
A claim that the words a culture uses influence thinking
The idea that language influences how we see the world
The belief that speakers of different languages have different views of the world
Cultures that rely more on contextual cues - such as time, place, relationship, and situation - both to interpret meaning and to send subtle messages
Cultures in which individuals use very direct language and rely less on contextual cues for communication information
Changing communication behavior to adapt to other people
A type of accommodation in which communicators change their regular language and slang to fit into a particular group
A type of accommodation in which communicators change their tonality, pitch, rhythm, and inflection to fit into a particular group
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