LANGUAGE ANDCOMMUNICATIONRuby L. RiveroSpeech Communication Class
LANGUAGE•The method of humancommunication, either spoken orwritten, consisting of the use of words in astructured and conventional way.•Any nonverbal method of expression orcommunication: "a language of gestureand facial expression".
LANGUAGECONT…•Language is man’s most effective means ofcommunication.•Used to express inner thoughts andemotions, make sense of complex and abstractthought, to learn to communicate with others, tofulfill our wants…•is the human capacity for acquiring and usingcomplex systems of communication, anda language is any specific example of such asystem.
COMMUNICATION•The imparting or exchanging ofinformation or news.•A letter or message containingsuch information or news.
COMMUNICATION•Communication (from Latin"communis", meaning to share) isthe activity of conveyinginformation through the exchangeof thoughts, messages, orinformation
COMMUNICATION•Spoken or verbal•Non-verbal Communication•Written communication•Visualizations
COMMUNICATION•Communication is the use ofwords to describe and conveya message or give informationto another person. Wecommunicate using languageas a code to shareinformation, ideas andfeelings.
COMMUNICATION•Communication is like adouble-actinghinge, swinging outward torelease your own ideas andswinging inward to receivethe worthy thoughts ofothers. – Stacey Huish
GENDER FAIRLANGUAGE CONTINUEDA generation or so ago,English language usagestandards used to tell us touse "man," "he," etc., whenspeaking about anyunspecified individual.
GENDER FAIR LANGUAGECONTINUEDThis standard has changed forseveral reasons:•it inaccurately representsindividuals who are female orgroups who are partly orwholly female;
GENDER FAIR LANGUAGECONTINUED•it misleadingly focuses on thesex of the individual ratherthan what they are doing;•it indicates bias (even whenyou have no intention of doingso).
GENDER FAIR LANGUAGECONTINUED•To remedy this bias, we usegender fair or neutrallanguage in both our writtenand oral communication.
GENDER FAIR LANGUAGECONTINUEDHow-to-do-it!:•Use gender-fair specific pronouns.(less he, him, his)•Structure the sentence withoutpronouns.•Use a double pronoun (his/or her).•Use passive voice sparingly.
GENDER FAIR LANGUAGECONTINUEDHow-to-do-it!:•Use a more inclusive compoundword. (e.g.: person, mortal, humanand other numerous variationsinstead of “Man”.
GENDER FAIR LANGUAGECONTINUEDExamples:•Original: The policeman overtookthe fleeing thief on the highway andprevented him from causing so muchtrouble.•Gender-Fair: The police officerovertook the fleeing thief on thehighway and prevented him fromcausing so much trouble.
GENDER FAIR LANGUAGECONTINUEDExamples:•Original: The governor signed theworkmen’s compensation bill.•Gender-Fair: The governor signedthe worker’s compensation bill.