From Communitarian to Interactive Semantics

Jonathan Ginzburg

in The Interactive Stance

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199697922
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738425 | DOI:
From Communitarian to Interactive Semantics

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This chapter motivates the basic structure of the Dialogue GameBoard, the publicized component of context. An analysis of the word ‘yes’ is used as a case study to understanding the basic toolbox formal semantics can offer for analyzing meaning in interaction. Subsequently, the presuppositions of communitarian semantics, the analytic/formal tradition from Frege through Montague and to this day, are questioned. Arguments are provided for the need to adopt the interactive stance — taking seriously the fact that communication involves multiple agents with distinct beliefs and desires, and places importance on explicating the potential for misunderstanding, rejection, and correction, as well as success. The insights of Conversation Analysis and Clarkian psycholinguistics are highlighted.

Keywords: public context; communitarian semantics; interaction; Conversation Analysis

Chapter.  8108 words. 

Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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