- 1.1: Communication - History and Forms
- We will define communication as the process of generating meaning by sending and receiving verbal and nonverbal symbols and signs that are influenced by multiple contexts. This definition builds on other definitions of communication that have been rephrased and refined over many years. In fact, there have been more than 126 published definitions of communication. In order to get a context for how communication has been conceptualized and studied, this chapter looks at a history of the field.
- 1.2: The Communication Process
- Models of communication simplify the process by providing a visual representation of the various aspects of a communication encounter. Some models explain communication in more detail than others, but even the most complex model still doesn’t recreate what we experience in even a moment of a communication encounter. Models still serve a valuable purpose for students of communication because they allow us to see specific concepts and steps within the communication process.