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Verbal Communication

Book Description

Language is the most pervasive means of human communication. Drawing on research in communication and in the language sciences, the Handbook presents a rich picture of verbal communication addressing how explicit and implicit meanings are negotiated in conversations, arguments and narratives, covering the media and contexts of verbal communication, the impact of cultural and linguistic diversity and the assessment of verbal communication quality.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Preface to Handbooks of Communication
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
    1. 1 Verbal communication. An introduction
  7. I. Verbal communication: Fundamentals
    1. 2 The origins of human verbal communication
    2. 3 Effects of verbal and non-verbal elements in communication
  8. II. Explicit and implicit verbal communication
    1. 4 Semantics and verbal communication
    2. 5 Evaluative contents in verbal communication
    3. 6 Understanding implicit meaning understanding
    4. 7 Reference and Informativeness as cognitive processes in verbal communication
    5. 8 Metaphor and figurative meaning in verbal communication
  9. III. Conversation, dialogue and mutual understanding
    1. 9 Conversation and interaction
    2. 10 Dialogue and mutual understanding
  10. IV. Types of discursive activities
    1. 11 Narration and reasoning, from structure to biological function
    2. 12 Narrative discourse
    3. 13 Argumentation and communicative practices
    4. 14 Discourse Genres
    5. 15 Writing systems and scripts
    6. 16 The integration of multimodal resources in documents: Issues, approaches and methods
    7. 17 Multimodal resources and the organization of social interaction
  11. V. Verbal communication across media and contexts
    1. 18 Media Discourse
    2. 19 Language and interaction in new-media environments
    3. 20 Verbal communication in organizational settings
    4. 21 Translation
    5. 22 Multilingual communication
    6. 23 Two levels of verbal communication, universal and culture-specific
  12. VI. Verbal communication quality
    1. 24 Misunderstandings in verbal communication
    2. 25 Deceptive and uncooperative verbal communication
    3. 26 Verbal communication quality in institutional contexts
    4. 27 Oral communication skills
    5. 28 Written communication skills
  13. Biographical sketches
  14. Index
  15. Footnotes