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The role of interaction of verbal and non-verbal means of communication in different types of discourse

Социосфера. 2010. No. 4. P. 58-66.
Orlova M. A.

Communication relies on verbal and non-verbal interaction. To be most effective, group members need to improve verbal and non-verbal communication. Non-verbal communication fulfills functions within groups that are sometimes difficult to communicate verbally. But interpreting non-verbal messages requires a great deal of skill because multiple meanings abound in these messages. Today the theory and practice of communication attract more and more scholars, as it has become evident that the investigation of its problems requires expertise from different areas of study. The present state of communication the­ory research is characterized by a lack of general methodological foundations and common conceptual approaches. There is no clear theoretical basis, com­monly accepted terminology, fundamental assumptions, which would allow rep­resentatives of different directions and trends achieve mutual understanding. Opinions differ as to what should be seen as communication.