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While the communication field rarely addressed trans lives or experiences during the 20th century, trans studies began to emerge as a scholarly topic area during the first two decades of the 21st century. Research in various subdisciplines has addressed many nuanced aspects of trans experience with respect to verbal and nonverbal communication practices.

In its broadest sense, communication is the continual, interactive exchange of symbolic meanings. Words, gestures, and facial expressions are obvious symbols, but most human action can be symbolic in that others are influenced by it and provide various forms of feedback in response, both consciously and unconsciously. The topic of communication is quite broad, given that communication takes place within virtually all aspects of life. This means that scholars in most academic fields ...

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