Language and Communication

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5. What contributions does the development of scientific polling techniques offer for the study of mass media of communication?
6. Why are educational programs on the radio generally so unpopular?
7. What rumors have you heard lately? Can you analyze them to discover what needs they satisfy and what sources of distortion they reflect? Who told them to you? Have you passed them on?

SELECTED REFERENCES
ALLPORT G. W., and L. POSTMAN. The Psychology of Rumor. New York: Holt, 1947. Reviews the relevant experimental information about rumor and supplements it with many actual instances.
DENNIS W. (Ed.). Current Trends in Social Psychology. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1948. The paper by Lazarsfeld, pp. 218-273, is a good, short summary of the status of research on communication via mass media.
FESTINGER L., K. BACK, S. SCHACHTER, H. H. KELLEY, and J. THIBAUT. Theory and Experiment in Social Communication. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, 1950. Summarizes several laboratory and field studies, along with the ideas behind them. Chapter I is particularly valuable.
KRECH D., and R. S. CRUTCHFIELD. Theory and Problems of Social Psychology. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1948. A thorough review of social psychology. Chapters IX-XI are background for this chapter.
LASSWELL H. D., N. LEITES, et al. Language of Politics. New York: Stewart, 1949. A collection of articles by Lasswell and his co-workers on the techniques and applications of content analysis.

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Language and Communication
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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Preface to Revised Edition vi
  • Preface vi
  • Contents ix
  • Foreword to the Teacher xi
  • Chapter 1 - By Way of Introduction 1
  • Chapter 2 - The Phonetic Approach 10
  • Selected References 46
  • Chapter 3 - The Perception of Speech 47
  • Selected References 79
  • Chapter 4- The Statistical Approach 80
  • Selected References 99
  • Chapter 5 - Rules for Using Symbols 100
  • Selected References 118
  • Chapter 6 - Individual Differences 119
  • Selected References 139
  • Chapter 7 - The Verbal Behavior of Children 140
  • Selected References 158
  • Chapter 8 - The Role of Learning 159
  • Selected References 173
  • Chapter 9 - Verbal Habits 174
  • Selected References 198
  • Chapter 10 - Some Effects of Verbal Habits 199
  • Selected References 222
  • Chapter 11 - Words, Sets, and Thoughts 223
  • Selected References 248
  • Chapter 12 - The Social Approach 275
  • Bibliography 276
  • Index 287
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