Title

Powerful and Powerless Language Forms - Their Consequences For Impression Hosted At Formation, Attributions of Control of Self and Control of Others, Cognitive Responses, and Message Memory

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2006

Department

Communication Studies

Abstract

This study investigates the effect of hedges, tag questions, intensifiers, and powerful messages on four sets of dependent variables: speaker evaluation, control of self and control of others attributions, cognitive responses, and message memorability. The results show that the four message types differ across measures of dynamism, control of self and control of others attributions, and three cognitive response categories. For the speaker-evaluation and control-attribution variables, intensifiers are evaluated most positively and hedges are evaluated most negatively. On the cognitive-response measures, a more mixed pattern of results emerges. The results are discussed in terms of their importance for understanding the cognitive processing of these four message types.

Publication Title

Journal of Language and Social Psychology

Volume

25

Issue

1

First Page

33

Last Page

46