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Communications Ch 5

Key terms

Words that refer to thoughts, ideas, or theories. Abstract
Words that do not have a clear meaning. Ambiguous
Words that have no direct connection to the objects they represent. Arbitrary
The specialized language of a co-culture. Argot
Words based on social, political, and cultural contexts, and the historical time in which they are located. Changeable
The set of conventions or rules shared by members of a culture and which governs the use of words and symbols Code
The ability to adopt a preferred code based on the group with which you are interacting. Code-Switching
Words that come as close as possible to an objective description of reality. Concrete
The meaning of words based on individual or cultural experiences or values. Connotation
Processing the knowledge, awareness and skills to communicate effectively and appropriately with diverse people. Cultural Sensitivity
A process that places observations in a specific time frame to suggest that change is possible. Dating
The most concrete, specific, and objective meaning of a word. Denotation
The use of language to intentionally obscure, confuse, equivocate, or deceive. Doublespeak
A socially accepted word or phrase substituted for an uncomfortable or unacceptable one. Euphemism
Talk about an absent third party. Gossip
Verbal communication that demonstrates respect for others by using language that values them as individuals. Inclusive Language
A process that ties evaluations to a specific circumstance to make them unique. Indexing
A technical language often associate with a particular profession. Jargon
The idea that our thoughts are influenced by the words we know and the patterns of language that dominate our culture. Linguistic Relativity Hypothesis
Groups with which we most strongly identify. Reference Groups
The property of words that allows us to talk about things without being the things themselves. Symbolic
Prohibited words or the behaviors that those words describe. Taboo
The systematic use of words and symbols to create and convey meaning Verbal Language
Created by: foster1317