The study of human spoken interaction. Undergraduate programmes, widespread in the USA, usually include interpersonal communication, group communication, organizational communication, and rhetoric (or persuasive communication). Institutional programmes typically emphasize communication skills and effectiveness more broadly, and hence often also include written communication, intercultural communication, and mediated communication. Research programmes include the investigation of issues such as the contextual functions of oral communication and the development of speech recognition systems.
Subjects: Media Studies.