NCSU COM 112 - COM 112 Chapter 5 (45 pages)

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COM 112 Chapter 5

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North Carolina State University
Course:
Com 112 - Interpersonal Communication

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Page 143 CHAPTER PREVIEW 1 2 3 4 1 The Nature of Language 2 Appreciating the Power of Words 3 The Use and Abuse of Language 4 Improving Your Language Use WORDS CAN HEAL OLD WOUNDS Heartfelt words of apology can mend emotional wounds restore relationships and inspire change even when those words come half a century after the fact Such was the case when Elwin Wilson a white southern man apologized in 2009 for having attacked John Lewis an African American in the whites only waiting room of a Greyhound bus station in 1961 Lewis was a member of the U S House of Representatives in 2009 but at that earlier time he was a freedom rider in the racial equality movement of Martin Luther King Jr while Wilson was a young man aggressively opposed to racial integration After the election of Barack Obama to the presidency in 2008 Wilson began a personal crusade to make amends to those he had wronged When Wilson was reunited with Representative Lewis the congressman said For you to come here today it s amazing to me It s unreal It s unbelievable Maybe just maybe others will come forward because there needs to be this healing Good to see you my friend Page 144 F inding the right words can be challenging under the most ordinary circumstances let alone extraordinary ones We may not always know what to say to make someone feel comforted informed entertained motivated or persuaded If we know how to use language effectively however we can employ it to accomplish those goals in our personal relationships and many others 1 The Nature of Language Many species communicate in one form or another but we humans are the only creatures on the planet who use language Although most of us are born with verbal ability we have to learn the specific languages we use and like most learned skills our language abilities improve as we practice and learn about them In this chapter s opening story Elwin Wilson communicated his sincere apologies to Representative John Lewis in words Like Wilson we use language



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