Charles Pavitt

3Theoretical approaches to communicative competence

Abstract: The goal of this chapter is to summarize and classify scientific communication theories that provide accounts for competent communication. Some theories concentrate on knowledge-, motivation-, or skill-based message production. Other theories are relevant to knowledge-, motivation-, or skill-based message reception. Still others apply to dyadic or group interaction, including sets pertinent to behavioral adaptation and uncertainty reduction.

Keywords: behavioral adaptation theories, Input-Process-Output models, interactive theories, message production theories, message reception theories, Organism-Stimulus-Processing-Response models, uncertainty reduction theories

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