Originally published in 1974. This is an introductory text on the basic processes in communication with each chapter written by an eminent theorist in one of the main disciplines dealing with communication. It both surveys the range of issues and presents the individual author’s personal theoretical approach in each case. Though introductory, the chapters here, while attempting to be representative and to avoid unnecessary jargon, are careful to not oversimplify. Each author presents an original thesis providing a first-hand glimpse of scholarly work in the discipline showing the great diversity among the approaches and levels of analysis used in the study of communication. Of great usefulness to students of psychology, language, linguistics, media and social history.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. Psychology, Language and Levels of Communication George A. Miller 2. Information and Motivation D.E. Berlyne 3. Meaning, Force, and Syntactic Structure J.P. Thorne 4. Towards a Psychological Theory of the Meaning of Sentences James Deese 5. Some Puzzles about Meaning Max Black 6. Linguistic Relativity Eleanor Rosch 7. The Development of the Human Child’s Native Language Roger Brown 8. Some Values of Communication Technology for the Future of World Order Colin Cherry 9. The History and the Future of Verbal Media Walter J. Ong, S. J. 10. Communication Viewed as Social Control Elliot McGinnies 11. The Language of the Body, the Natural Environment of Words Ray L. Birdwhistell 12. Linguistic Change as a Form of Communication William Labov