Rules of Communication

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Communication Communication is a process of imparting or transferring thoughts from one entity to another either through language or writing or some other signs (Wrench, McCroskey & Richmond, 2008). Language and other methods of communication, which are appropriate in one semantic environment, are usually not utilized in another semantic environment. For example in playgrounds and sports, children use the expressions like “game plan” or “Captain of the ship” which cannot be used in a different semantic environment for example workplace. Thus language used in one semantic environment requires first “setting up the modes of discourse and consequently the modes of inquiry of the second” (Postman, 1984). Nonverbal Communication Many of the rules of discourse in a semantic environment are based on situational regulations of behavior. Rules of discourse in a specific situation are often based on nonverbal communication consists largely on gestures, especially by face and hands, that can add considerable power to messages. These nonverbal messages usually convey the feelings of the communicator more truthfully than do his words, because people have less awareness of their body language (Postman, 1984). Thus nonverbal communication can be classified and dependent on the environment, the behavior of the communicator and the physical characteristics of the communicator (Knapp & Hall, 2007). There are several things in the appearance of a person which sends nonverbal signals during the physical interaction of people. According to research about the dress women wear in discotheques conducted in Austria, Vienna, women’s clothing and the skin shown in revealing dresses in discotheques has a direct correlation and motivation for sex (Gramm... ... middle of paper ... ...ype of gesture is that which we frequently use in speech. They are completely synchronized with the speech and the people in communication feels nothing ambiguous about it Floyd & Guerrero, 2006). Touch Touch in communication imparts the feeling and behavior of the communicator and is very much dependent on the relationship between the communicators and the environment in which they are communicating (Knapp & Hall, 2007). Touch may include handshakes, kissing, slapping, and pat on a shoulder etc. (Knapp & Hall, 2007). Touch is an important gesture of nonverbal communication which depicts the physical intimacy, either sexual or platonic. Nonverbal communication is the soul of a relationship and the people who are not very familier and conversant with nonverbal communication tools often face difficulties in establishing cordial relationship with other people.

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