Protoconcursus: The Concourse Theory of Communication [article]

William Stephenson
Communication is ubiquitous, intrin- Abstract sically subjective, and schematical in structure and function. A universe of statements for any situation or context is called a concourse, and refers to conversational and not merely informational possibilities, and is arrived at empirically for every concept, every declarative statement, every wish, every object in nature when viewed subjectively, etc. Q samples drawn from concourse are administered as Q sorts, which are factor a~alyzed and
more » ... eted, leading to understanding. An example is provided of a concourse around the statement "It is raining," and demonstrates that schemata, .made operant by Q factors, and not message systems, are key factors in communication.
doi:10.15133/j.os.1985.002 fatcat:skx6biybnnajpfx7fptqspqp74