Communication Studies

Publication covering communication, language and linguistics.

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 1, Spring

Antenarrative and Managerial Practice
Stories represent one of the oldest tools people use to make sense of and transmit their history, beliefs, culture, and meanings about life to subsequent generations (Durrance, 1997). The use of stories for sense making is also evident in corporate...
A Visual Analysis of Prescription Drug Advertising Imagery: Elaborating Foss's Rhetorical Techniques
In the late-1980s and 1990s Sonja Foss developed a research program using rhetorical strategies to examine visual images (Foss, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994; Foss & Kanengieter, 1992). Not the first to use rhetorical methods to analyze visual imagery...
Cultural and Gender Influences on Age Identification
In today's increasingly age-conscious society, where children want to be adults, adults want to be children, and those in their twenties and thirties are considered to be in the "prime of their life" in terms of vitality, communication scholars are...
Effect of Verbal Aggressiveness on the Perceived Importance of Secondary Goals in Messages
In everyday communication, speakers pursue both primary and secondary goals. Primary goals have to do with the specific purpose of talk. They include such goals as obtaining information, providing feedback, or making a request. Secondary goals, in...
Relational Power, Marital Schema, and Decisions to Withhold Complaints: An Investigation of the Chilling Effect on Confrontation in Marriage
Relational irritations arise almost daily within marriage (Wills, Weiss, & Patterson, 1974), even in satisfying ones (Birchler, Weiss, & Vincent, 1975; Kirchler, 1988). Common marital grievances include issues of finances and employment, peer...
Socializing Medical Students in an Era of Managed Care: The Ideological Significance of Standardized and Virtual Patients
Conducting medical interviews is one of a physician's core clinical duties. Traditional methods of teaching the "art" of medical interviewing include the use of written case studies (Novack, Dube, & Goldstein, 1992), role-plays (Cohen-Cole, Bird,...
The Everyday Accomplishment of Work and Family: Exploring Practical Actions in Daily Routines
Social science research investigating the challenges of managing work and family has been extensive over the past 30 years. Recently, scholars have examined work and family issues from a number of communication perspectives (for a review see Kirby,...
The Jasper Dragging Death: Crisis Communication and the Community Newspaper
During the early morning hours of Sunday, June 7, 1998, what was left of the body of James Byrd Jr. was found on Huff Creek Road, on the outskirts of a small, rural town in East Texas, Jasper. Later the same day police arrested three young white males,...
The Rhetoric of Atonement
Public apologies offered by political and religious leaders always have been a part of society. Recently however, the focus of these apologies has shifted away from an emphasis on self-defense toward the theme of atoning for past sins. For example,...
Toward a Broader Conceptualization of Jealousy in Close Relationships: Two Exploratory Studies
Because romantic jealousy within romantic relationships is a prevalent research topic in the fields of communication and psychology, our knowledge about the associations among romantic jealousy and relational satisfaction (e.g., Andersen, Eloy, Guerrero,...
Welsh Widows' Descriptions of Their Relationships: Themes of Relational Experience in Long-Term Marriage
Marriages that last many years provide a context in which researchers can explore how the experience of relationships changes across time and how social norms surrounding relationships influence relationships. Research indicates that the success of...