Semiotica 16:4, pp. 329-345 © Mouton Publishers, 1976 JOAQUIN F. SOUSA-POZA AND ROBERT ROHRBERG As Parry (1967: 45) noted, ". . . the greater part of human converse is a transaction in content"; yet the study of information content is notoriously difficult.1 Part of the problem stems from the enormous variety of particular, specific contents that can be transacted verbally. This article, however, is concerned with the theoretical and methodological issues involved in the study of two particular CLASSES of information content. Authors from different vantage points have consistently recognized important distinctions between two main categories of information: a class of affectively-tinged, personal type of content contrasted with a more emotionally neutral, instrumental type. Recent conceptual developments in communication theory provide a comprehensive framework for the study of these two types of information. A preliminary attempt is made here to render some of these concepts operational for the study of selfdisclosure. From a naturalistic and empirical viewpoint, it is evident that the themes of our interactions ordinarily vary from the work-oriented topics of the nine to five hours to the more personal transactions occurring in the family or other intimate relationships. More precise clinical observations also substantiate this
Semiotica - Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique – de Gruyter
Published: Jan 1, 1976
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