-Process - constantly changing, modifying, adjusting
-Uniquely Human - Only humans
-Collective Activity - all communication requires social agreement to create meaning, there must be shared understanding
-Creative endeavor - we can create a reality to exist, ex. Truth, Love, rules for existance
-Regulatory - Taking possesion of the world via talk, (Ex. Having laryngitis removes power to talk or to have force on your environment) Talk has power (Ex. Wishes, results on an exam, Pregnancy
Intentional and Unintentional
Irreversible - Ex. Verbal diarrhea
Regulative - Guide on how to act (ex. First date)
Constituative - guide how to interpret meaning (ex. It was nice to meet you. We should do this again later).
Content Meaning - Literal or denotative meaning of a message (ex. "Do you want to see the concert on Friday?")
Relationship Meaning - implied or connotative meaning of a message; reflects the personal and relational significance of messages (ex. "I'm kind of interested in you , and I want to go out on a date")
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