Communication Studies: Print & Web Resources

Speech Communication

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Broadly Speaking:

Linguistic change
Language and languages
Language and languages--Origin
Language and languages--Philosophy
Oral Communication
Speech acts (Linguistics)
Discourse analysis

Addressing an Audience:

Public speaking
English language--Rhetoric
Rhetorical criticism
Persuasion (Rhetoric)
Figures of speech

Oratory, Ancient
Rhetoric, Ancient
Speeches, addresses, etc., Greek--History and criticism
Speeches, addresses, etc., Latin--History and criticism

Oratory--United States--History
Political oratory--United States
Communication in politics--United States
Rhetoric--Political aspects--United States
Rhetoric--Political aspects--United States--20th century
Speeches, addresses, etc., American
Speeches, addresses, etc., American--History and criticism
Presidents--United States--Inaugural addresses

Forensics (Public Speaking)
Forensic orations
Debates and debating
Verbal self-defense
Sermons, American
Lectures and lecturing
Radio announcing
Television announcing
Storytelling--Psychological aspects
Storytelling--United States
Oral tradtion
Oral history
Oral interpretation
Oral interpretation of poetry

Getting Personal:

Communication--Psychological aspects
Interpersonal communication
Communication in small groups
Conversation analysis
Dialogue analysis
Telephone calls

Politeness (Linguistics)
Taboo, Linguistic
Invective--Psychological aspects

Communication--Sex differences
Language and languages--Sex differences
English language--Sex differences
English language--Gender
Sexism in language
Nonsexist language

Communication in families
Language acquisition
Language development
Interpersonal communication in infants

Going Public:

Communication--Social aspects
Oral communication--Social aspects
Discourse analysis--Social aspects
Rhetoric--Social aspects
English language--Social aspects
English language--Social aspects--United States

Freedom of speech
Freedom of speech--United States
Hate speech
Hate speech--United States

Communication in organizations
Communication in management
Business communication
Business presentations
Communication in education
Communication in science
Communication in medicine

Communication and culture
Language and culture
Intercultural communication
Communication, International
Language and languages--Variation
Languages in contact
Language attrition


English language--Diction
English language--Phonetics
English language--Pronunciation
English language--Spoken English
English language--Spoken English--United States
English language--Semantics
English language--Variation--United States
English language--Dialects
English language--Dialects--United States
English language--United States
English language--United States--History
English language--United States--Rhetoric
English language--Slang
Linguistic minorities--Education--United States
African Americans--Languages
Black English
Creole dialects
English language--Study and teaching--Foreign speakers  [ESL]

Body English:

Body language
Nonverbal communication

Bawdy English:

Language and sex
Words, Obscene
English language--Obscene words
Obscenity (Law)--United States

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Web Resources

Selected Speech Sites

  • American Rhetoric: Database of and index to 5000+ full text, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two.
  • Forum Network: Audio/Video files collected by PBS/NPR.  This link takes you to the advanced search screen where you can browse general categories and subcategories, in addition to a keyword search.
  • Speeches: Audiovideo files from 1500 videos and over 500 audios.
  • Online Media Resources:  From UC Berkeley, a comprehensive gateway to video and audio resources on the Web.
  • Earliest Voices: A library of audio files and transcripts of voices from the first fifty years of sound recording: 1877-1927.
  • World's Famous Orations:  Links to the full text of almost 300 speeches chosen by William Jennings Bryant in 1906.
  • Silva Rhetoricae: Dr. Gideon Burton's guide to classical rhetoric and its contemporary relevance. Choose a topic from the left column or a term from the right.

Issues Resources

For some of the Web's best sites to research a wide range of social and public policy issues, see my Social Issues: Web Resources guide.

Citation Help


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