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What is a model of communication?

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The term model of communication refers to a conceptual model employed to explain the human communication process. The first model of communication was elaborated by Warren Weaver and Claude Elwood Shannon in 1949.

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The original model of communication consisted of three main parts: the sender, channel and receiver and was modeled after the functioning of radio and telephone technologies. David Berlo expanded the original model of communication to create a model of communication that included the message as well. In 2008, Dean Barnlund designed a transactional model of communication, constructed around the idea that individuals engage in the process of sending and receiving of messages simultaneously.

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