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That situation has changed dramatically. There are more textbooks available on some subjects than even the most industrious undergraduate can read. The representative key multi-volume International Encyclopedia of Communication has now been available for some years. Overviews of subfields of communication exist in abundance. There is no longer a dearth for the curious undergraduate, who might nevertheless overlook the abundance of printed material and Google whatever he or she wants to know, to find a suitable Wikipedia entry within seconds.

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Looking closely at NCA’s divisions we encounter a few other labels which, at least for historical reasons, are associated with the study of language in communication: Argumentation and Forensics and Rhetorical and Communication Theory. Their description, however, makes no specific mention of the study of discourse or speech. In contrast with NCA and ICA, the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) lacks a ‘Language and Social Interaction’ division or a ‘Verbal Communication’ one.

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