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Intersubjectivity—mutual management of cognitive states

Arie Verhagen

in Constructions of Intersubjectivity

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780199226702
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191706646 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226702.003.0001
Intersubjectivity—mutual management of cognitive states

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This chapter argues that solving small grammatical puzzles involves some fundamental decisions on basic assumptions about human language and especially meaning. The work shows that the fact that a particular general view makes it possible to solve a number of more and less classic specific grammatical problems constitutes evidence for the usefulness of this general view. The chapter also describes major theoretical issues on human specialization, common ground and the construal configuration, human and animal communication, and the theory of argumentativity. The roles of argumentation and auxiliary syntax in the balance between objectivity and intersubjectivity are illustrated in Dutch and English. The prospects of adopting a usage-based, constructional approach to grammar are explained.

Keywords: grammatical problems; human language; human specialisation; human communication; animal communication; argumentation; auxiliary syntax; intersubjectivity; cognitive states

Chapter.  11235 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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