Table of Contents
Last updated February 19, 2001
SPRING 2001 THEORY WORKBOOK
Non Verbal Typologies
Explanation of Theory: The body's nonverbal movements in relation to every aspect of communication.
Theorists: Paul Ekman and Wallace Friesen
Article: Ekman, P., & Friesen, W.
(1969). The repertoire noverbal behavior: Categories, origins, usage,
and coding. Semio 49-98.
Individual Interpretations: n/a
Metatheoretical Assumptions: n/a
Ontological Assumptions: n/a
Epistemological Assumptions: n/a
Ideas and Implications:The Nonverbal Typology theory is Scientific. It is a good theory because it has the ability to predict events and provides plausible explanations for the phenomena. The theoretical propositions within the theory are consistent with each other. Also, the theory generates new hypotheses and organizes existing knowledge.
Movements that are functionally equivalent to words.
Location in Eight (8) Primary Communication Theory Textbooks:
Anderson, R., & Ross, V. (1998). Questions of communication: A practical introduction to theory (2nd ed.). New York: St. Martin's Press. 203-205
Cragan, J. F., & Shields, D.C. (1998). Understanding communication theory: The communicative forces for human action. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon. 298-300
Griffin, E. (2000). A first look at communication theory (4th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill. 459-470
Griffin, E. (1997). A first look at communication theory (3rd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. 459-469
Infante, D. A., Rancer, A. S., & Womack, D. F. (1997). Building communication theory (3rd ed.). Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press. 228-230
Littlejohn, S. W. (1999). Theories of human communication (6th ed). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. 75-77
West, R., & Turner, L. H. (2000). Introducing communication theory: Analysis and application. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield. 389-402
Wood, J. T. (1997). Communication theories in action: An introduction.
Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. 321-329