Communication Studies

Publication covering communication, language and linguistics.

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 3, Fall

"Do All Things with Counsel" (1): Benedictine Women and Organizational Democracy
Whenever an important matter is to be undertaken in the monastery the abbot should call the entire community together and should set forth the agenda. After hearing the various opinions of the brothers, he should consider all and then do what he...
Practicing "Sorority Rush": Mockery and the Dramatistic Rehearsing of Organizational Conversations
Similar to other organizations, sororities need to find new organizational members to replace those that leave. Each year's graduation ceremony marks the organizational exit of approximately one-quarter of each sorority's membership. Thus, the recruiting...
Presidential Television Advertising and Public Policy Priorities, 1952-2000
Do presidential candidates adapt their spot messages to the public's interests? This study conducts a computer content analysis of the texts of presidential television spots from 1952-2000. Public opinion poll data on the most important issues for...
Sarah Roberts and the Early History of the "Separate but Equal" Doctrine: A Study in Rhetoric, Law, and Social Change
In the fall of 1855, some of Boston's leading African-American citizens celebrated what they considered to be a momentous victory. In April of that year, an alliance of black militants and white abolitionists--William Lloyd Garrison, William C....
The Adaptation of Complaints to Participation Frameworks
Goffman's (1981) analysis of footing during interaction showed that participants often produce messages for multiple hearers, only a subset of which are the actual targets. Often the arrangement of participants is done strategically by the sender...
You Never Leave Your Family in a Fight: The Impact of Family of Origin on Conflict-Behavior in Romantic Relationships
Interpersonal conflict occurs whenever there is a disagreement, difference, or incompatibility between partners (Cahn, 1992). Communication behaviors associated with conflict vary greatly and are crucial in shaping and guiding ongoing relationships...
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