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Influence of Imagined Interactions on Communicative Outcomes: The Case of Forensic Competition

  • James M. Honeycutt
  • J. Michael Gotcher


Scholars have posited that the role of communication is to control the environment so as to realize physical, economic, or social rewards (Miller & Steinberg, 1975), the underlying assumption being that the message making process is not a random activity. Instead, in seeking to control the environment, communicators purposively weigh the perceived available message alternatives and select the one expected to produce the most favorable outcome. In other words, individuals use language to create and/or alter the world around them.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James M. Honeycutt
    • 1
  • J. Michael Gotcher
    • 1
  1. 1.Center of Imagined Interaction Research Department of Speech CommunicationLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

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