Intention(ality) and the conceptualization of communication in pragmatics

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Title Intention(ality) and the conceptualization of communication in pragmatics
Author Haugh, Michael Bevan
Journal Name Australian Journal of Linguistics
Editor Kate Burridge and Keith Allan
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Routledge
Abstract It is commonly assumed in (linguistic) pragmatics that communication involves speakers expressing their intentions through verbal and nonverbal means, and recipients recognizing or attributing those attentions to speakers. Upon closer examination of various pragmatic phenomena in discourse, however, it appears the situation is actually much more complex than the standard conceptualization of communication in pragmatics allows. In particular, it is suggested in this paper that the focus on expressing and recognizing/attributing (speaker) intentions underestimates the dynamic nature and complexity of cognition that underpins interaction. The notion of 'dyadic cognizing' is thus introduced as a way of reconceptualizing the inferential work that underlies communication. It is suggested that such inferential work is 'directed' and thus is inherently 'intentional' in the sense proposed by Brentano, but need not necessarily be 'directed' towards the 'intentions' of speakers.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Routledge. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 29
Issue Number 1
Page from 91
Page to 113
ISSN 0726-8602
Date Accessioned 2009-07-01
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research; Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Science
Subject PRE2009-Discourse and Pragmatics
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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