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A FIELD THEORY OF COMMUNICATION 185
name from the way the major formators hang together. Various kinds of patterns will be described and exemplified in the sections immediately following. These are the ones most frequently used:
Time pattern
Space pattern
Conjunctive sectional pattern
Disjunctive sectional pattern
Analogical sectional pattern
Cause to effect pattern
Means to end pattern
This is, of course, not an exhaustive list. There are as many kinds of verbal patterns as there are patterns discoverable in the world of people and thingsactual, possible, or even plausible. You will, from time to time, invent others to conform with your subject matter. And, you may find, also, that the pattern of a verbal account may derive from form which does not use words at all. The architect who works from a blueprint does not require a verbal pattern; the comptroller who works from his figures does not require a verbal pattern; the physician who works from a chart does not require a verbal pattern; the artist who works from a sketch does not require a verbal pattern. We cannot communicate intelligently unless our words make patterns, but these verbal patterns may derive from form better expressed through another medium.
You will find, also, that a verbal pattern may "hang together" in more than one way. Space and time frequently come together, for instance. (Firsts we went to Chicago, then we went to New York, etc.) A cause to effect pattern is also a time pattern; a means to end pattern is also a time pattern. The communicator chooses that principle