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Correspondence (from Latin correspondentia , literally mutual answering ), also called correspondence or correspondence , usually stands for an i. d. Typically written communication , belongs to the field of interpersonal communication and is mostly bidirectional .

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The correspondence stands out from the oral conversation through clearly delimited entities in terms of time and content (e.g. letter , email , fax ), which usually combine several elements of interpersonal communication (expression of opinion, question, answer, confirmation, anecdote, etc.).

The correspondence requires a neutral technical transmission path ( stagecoach , messenger , postal company , computer network ), but does not need a mediator as in mass communication .

Most correspondence today is handled electronically (e-mail or files ).

Until the early 20th century, correspondence referred to a periodic publication by one or more correspondents primarily as a news dissemination service. However, a distinction must be made between out-of-court and judicial correspondence.


  • Jutta Sauer: practical handbook correspondence. 4th edition. Gabler Verlag, Wiesbaden 2012, ISBN 978-3-8349-2955-6 .

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Wiktionary: Correspondence  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations
Wiktionary: correspond  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Correspondence . Duden , Bibliographical Institute, 2016