Read Chapter 2 for an in-depth discussion of verbal communication and its functions. As you read, pay close attention to the definition of verbal communication as a rule-bound system of symbols. Understanding the basic functions and operations of verbal communication in our lives is a critical component of the many forms of human communication. After reading the chapter, complete the discussion questions and write definitions for the key terms listed at the end of the chapter. These assignments will help prepare you for the final exam.