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Types of Communication
Intrapersonal
It is a communication within oneself. It involves thinking, remembering, and feeling. These are the
things we do internally.
Interpersonal
This type of communication refers to face-to-face interactions between persons. It is communication
among relatively small number of people.
 Dyadic – This is communication between two (2) people. It may be face-to-face
conversations, dialogs, or interviews. Telephone conversation is also dyadic.
 Tryadic – This communication is participated in by three (3) people.
 Small Group – More than three (3) people participate in this type of communication. This is
the enlarged type of communication usually done to solve problems. The committee, panel,
symposium, brainstorming and small business meetings are good examples of the small
group communication.
Public Communication
This involves communication between one and several other people. This is the large group type of
communication. A public speech is an example. Primarily, it is a monologue one engages in rather
than a dialogue.
Language Register
Language Register
Register in linguistics, is used to indicate degrees of formality in language use.
Language Register is the level of formality with which you speak. Different situations and people
call for different registers.
Kinds of Language Register
Casual - This is informal language used by peers and friends. Past experience with that person.
Slang, vulgarities, and colloquialisms are normal. This is “group” language. One (1) must be
member to engage in this register.
Examples:




Talking with friends
Personal letter to a friend
Talk with teammates
Chats and emails
Personal blogs

Intimate -This communication is private. Language shared between couples, twins, very close
friends. It is reserved for close family members or intimate people.
Examples:


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Boyfriend and Girlfriend
Siblings
Parent and Children
Very good friends

The Universal Rule for Language Registers
A person can go from one register to the next register without any conflicts.
Frozen - This style of communications rarely or never changes. It is “frozen” in time and content.
It is also called static register.
Examples:





Pledge of Allegiance
Words to a song
Poetry
Prayer
Preamble to the US Constitution
The Alma Mater

Formal - This language is used in formal settings and is one-way in nature. This use of language
usually follows a commonly accepted format.
Examples:






Presentations
Academic Paper
Essays in school
Sermons
Speeches
Announcements
Interviews

Consultative - This is a standard form of communications. Users engage in a mutually accepted
structure of communications. Two-way communication used in conversation with professional
discourse is a good example. It also shows no past experience with that person.
Examples:




Strangers who interact
Adults at work
Teachers with students
Talking with lawyer or doctor
Counselor and client

Source:baileyk.ism-online.org/files/2013/08/Language-Registers-Notes.ppt

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