Title

Memories of statements spoken in everyday contexts

Abstract

Abstract

This study examined personal memories of statements spoken in everyday contexts. Eighty college students completed a questionnaire in which they recounted the first spoken statement to come to mind, and statements made by a parent, teacher, sibling and friend. Respondents also provided information about the speakers and the circumstances of transmission. Content analyses identified six primary statement types: rules, evaluations, speaker information, pronouncements, unusual phrases and everyday speech. The incidence of different statement types varied across speakers. Memorability of a specific verbalization appears to be related to the statement's communicative function, the listener's reactions to the utterance, the speaker's gender, and the relationship between the speaker and the listener.

Publication Date

Fall 1988

Journal Title

Applied Cognitive Psychology

Publisher

Wiley

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1002/acp.2350020405

Document Type

Article

Rights

Copyright © 1988 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd