Theoretualization Of WTC In First Language Communication

1354 Words6 Pages Theoretical conceptualization of WTC in first language communication According to McCroskey and Richmond (1987) the construct of WTC is an individual’s general personality orientation towards talking. They stated that people considerably differ in the degree to which they talk, to whom they talk, and in what situation they talk. They pointed out that one 's WTC was affected by many situational variables such as the individual 's feelings in that moment, his/her previous experience of communication with that person, the occurrences before the communication, topic familiarity and etc. therefore they considered WTC to be situation dependent. McCroskey and Richmond (1987) stated that: Individuals exhibit regular willingness-to-communicate tendencies across situations...Such regularity in communication behavior across interpersonal communication contexts suggests the existence of the personality variable, willingness to communicate. It is this personality orientation which explains why one person will talk and another will not under identical, or virtually identical, situational constraints (pp. 129-130). Variables Contributing to the WTC Construct McCroskey and Richmond (1987) examined a series of variables that they supposed would affect a person’s communication willingness. They considered these variables as the antecedents of WTC while admitted the ambiguity that these variables might not be the causes of differences in WTC. They suggested that some of

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