Robert Krauss, The Psychology Of Verbal Communication Article Analysis

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Throughout history, many linguists, scientist and researchers have directed their work to discover the physiological and psychological mysteries of communication. Robert M. Krauss’, The Psychology of Verbal Communication, encapsulates the essence of various studies that ultimately address how human communication systems differ from those of other species. Considering language as part of the symbols used in the human communication system, Krauss acknowledges semanticity, generativity, and displacement, to be key properties of language that jointly separate it from other symbolic demonstrations and systems of communication detected in other species. Moreover, Krauss reflects on the communication paradigms and their relation to the functionality …show more content…
According to the author, although all species communicate, human communication is notable for its precision and flexibility, a consequence of the uniquely human ability to use language. (Krauss, p.1) Thereupon, a notable ability of language I found to be interesting and symbolic is displacement, human beings have the capacity to communicate messages that are part of our imagination, and remote in space or time. Other species as the author remarks do not share that ability, “No matter how eloquently a dog may bark, he cannot tell you that his father was poor but honest.” (Krauss, p.4) Undeniably, successful human communication is directly dependable of efficient language utilization. Each model presented by the author focuses on different dimension of language. Furthermore, I gathered that the four paradigms, Encoding-Decoding, Intentionality, Perspective-Taking, and Dialogic, introduce a valuable approach to communication; however, they do not necessarily embody an actual definition of how humans convey messages to one another. In fact, I believe that two or more paradigms are applied alternately as we engage in

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