Communication Studies

Publication covering communication, language and linguistics.

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 3, Fall

Advocating for Controversial Issues: The Effect of Activism on Compliance-Gaining Strategy Likelihood of Use
Activism is a crucial component of modern American social and political life. Activists are often defined as people who fight for change, or fight to maintain the status quo, and who participate in organized efforts (in the form of a political or social...
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An Essay on Publishing Standards for Rhetorical Criticism
The question posed is "What are the standards for publishable rhetorical criticism?" As with all good questions, the answer is both simple and complex. Publishable rhetorical criticism is high quality criticism which illuminates a rhetorical text and/or...
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A Quest for Cinergy: The War Metaphor and the Construction of Identity
The war metaphor is embedded not only in geopolitical struggles, but in other kinds of public discourse as well. In sports, in public policy, and in business, leaders employ the same rhetorical strategies as leaders of nation-states preparing citizens...
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Continuing the Conversation on "What Constitutes Publishable Rhetorical Criticism?": A Response
The motivation behind this conversation about what constitutes publishable rhetorical Scholarship--and how reviewers seek to recognize it--stems from a fundamental, albeit largely unintentional, omission in the constitutive discourse. For all the attention...
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Double Binds in Publishing Rhetorical Studies
When I review a rhetorical essay for publication, I look to see whether the purpose is clearly stated and whether the essay fulfills the promises and intentions made in the statement of purpose. I look to see whether the essay is likely to tell the...
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Evaluation Fidelity: An Examination of Criterion-Based Assessment and Rater Training in the Speech Communication Classroom
Upon the passage of the Goals 2000: Educate America Act by the U.S. Department of Education in 1994, basic communication skills became a primary concern for educators at various levels of academia (U.S. Department of Education, 1994). Needless to say,...
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Examining the Persuasive Effect of Statistical Messages: A Test of Mediating Relationships
Since the beginning of the 20th century, persuasion researchers have been concerned with answering questions regarding the major determinants of message effectiveness (e.g., Boster & Mongeau, 1984; Chaiken, 1980; McCroskey, 1969; O'Keefe, 1990;...
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Originality, Conversation and Reviewing Rhetorical Criticism
What is good rhetorical criticism? While there is no single answer, we can find responses sprinkled throughout the literatures of the field, in textbooks, in statements by editors, and in articles. We outline for our students what we consider to be...
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Publishing Peccadilloes and Idioms of Disposition: Views from the Habitus of Scholarly Adolescence
In my personal publication experience, it has not been uncommon for one reviewer to recommend a manuscript for publication, and another, to urge rejection. Because I am interested in the rhetorical criticism of critical objects that are unusual (e....
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Responses to Changes in Relational Uncertainty within Dating Relationships: Emotions and Communication Strategies
Relational certainty and uncertainty refer to the degree of confidence people have in their perceptions of involvement within interpersonal relationships (Knobloch & Solomon, 1999, 2002a). Fluctuations in relational certainty and uncertainty are...
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Sex and Sex-Composition Differences and Similarities in Peer Workplace Friendship Development
As Wheatley (1994) notes, "none of us exists independent of our relationships with others" (p. 34). Relationships are the foundation of how we define ourselves (Bateson, 1980) and are the substance of organizations (Wheatley, 1994). With few exceptions,...
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Special Section: What Constitutes Publishable Rhetorical Scholarship: Heavy Lies the Editor's Fingers on the Keyboard
No aspect of being an editor is perhaps more daunting then sorting through contradictory reviews given about a manuscript that is outside your area of methodological or theoretical expertise. To put together three volumes of this journal I have been...
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What Is "Good Criticism"? A Conversation in Progress
Where does the drama get its materials? From the "unending conversation" that is going on at the point in history when we are born. Imagine that you enter a parlor. You come late. When you arrive, others have long preceded you, and they are engaged...
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