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Concepts of Communication in CSCL THEORIES OF COMMUNICATION



In general, there are many theories of communication. Littlejohn (1999) lists nine broad categories of communication theories, that can be characterized as follows: • Cybernetics – calculates the flow of information between a message sender and a message recipient, allowing for effects of feedback and transmission noise. • Semiotics – analyses the role of signs, symbols and language in communicative interaction. • Conversation analysis – identifies structures of ordinary conversation, such as turn-taking and question-response pairs. • Message production – considers how message production is determined by the personal traits and mental state of speakers and by the mental processes of producing the message. • Message reception – focuses on how individuals interpret the meaning of communicated messages, organize the informatio

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