The Communication Concept of Trust: What Does It Really Mean? How Do We Communicate It?

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This paper was written for an examination of the speech code theory as a final project for the Introduction to Graduate Studies course at the University of South Dakota. The focus of this assignment is to thoroughly investigate and provide background of a theory of our choice and provide an overview as to why it is most suitable for an upcoming research. This paper performed these tasks and aims to accomplish three things. Firstly, it presents a thorough description and assessment of the speech code theory. The speech code theory is an intercultural theory in communication that displays the role culture plays in speech. Within the description will be a detailed examination of the theory's significant findings and assumptions, as well as the supporting evidence contributing to its development. Secondly, this paper will display a need for the theory in order to support specific phenomena. An examination and explanation of how examiners, both past and present, have used the theory to get a better understanding of objective and subjective concerns will also be highlighted. Also, this paper presents the use of theoretical assumptions in order to conduct studies. Lastly, this paper will explain why, and how the speech code theory is the best option to examine the upcoming research fascination, what are the communicative meanings of trust, and speculation of how the study can be conducted.

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Kelly McKay-Semmler

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Communication Studies

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