SPCH 1318 – Chapt. 5 Essay

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All human languages are symbolic in nature.
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True
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If you take an “easy” class your friend recommended and find it “hard,” you have had semantic problems due to
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relative words.
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A speaker’s willingness to take responsibility for his/her thoughts or feelings can be indicated by the use of
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“I” language.
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“I’m rather upset” is more powerful language than “I’m upset.”
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False
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Low-context cultures use language to maintain social harmony.
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False
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Convergent speech patterns
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demonstrate affiliation with one another.
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Equivocal words are words that can be interpreted in more than one way.
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True
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Speech can build and demonstrate solidarity with others.
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True
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A perfectly worded “I” statement delivered with total sincerity will ensure that the other person will not get defensive.
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False
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Problems can arise when we label our opinions as facts.
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True
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Misunderstandings that revolve around equivocal and relative language can all be clarified by
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replacing abstract terms with concrete ones.
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“Frank is lazy” is an example of which semantic problem?
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static evaluation.
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Highly abstract language can lead to which of the following problems?
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All of these choices are correct
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Asking questions may be a linguistic way to avoid making a declaration.
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True
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Much of the awkwardness that comes with first using “I” language is due to its unfamiliarity.
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True
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“We” language
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All of these choices are correct
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“No” is so clear and short that it is one of the few words that is never misinterpreted.
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False
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Men discuss with other men the same conversation topics that women discuss with other women.
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False
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In cultures that stress formality in language,
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language use defines social position.
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Low abstract language can lead to blanket judgments and stereotyping.
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False
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In a low-context language culture, you will notice
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self-expression valued.
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A behavioral description should include
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All of these choices are correct.

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