Interaction, Grammar, and the Behavioural Sciences

Jonathan Ginzburg

in The Interactive Stance

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199697922
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738425 | DOI:
Interaction, Grammar, and the Behavioural Sciences

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This chapter provides some initial evidence, drawing on data concerning non sentential utterances, for the claim that interaction is built into the grammar. It argues that a detailed theory of conversational context is — or at least should be — a vital component for just about all of the disciplines that in some way make up the behavioural sciences. The framework for KoS is proposed as one aiming to both capture a variety of linguistic, psychological, and sociological observations in a systematic way, but at the same time to be sufficiently explicit so as to be usable by formal modellers. The chapter surveys the intellectual sources of KoS, including work from a wide range of computational, linguistic, logical, philosophical, psycholinguistic, and sociological approaches. It concludes with a road map of the book.

Keywords: interaction and grammar; KoS; conversational context; non sentential utterances

Chapter.  4305 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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