Conversation: Cognitive, Communicative and Social by Talmy Givón (Ed.)

By Talmy Givón (Ed.)

The papers during this quantity have been initially provided on the Symposium on dialog, held on the college of latest Mexico in July 1995. The symposium introduced jointly students who paintings on face-to-face verbal exchange from a number of views: social, cultural, cognitive and communicative. Our goal for either the symposium and this quantity has been to problem the various winning dichotomies in discourse stories: First, the cleavage among the learn of data move and the learn of social interplay. moment, the theoretical department among speech-situation versions and cognitive versions. 3rd, the methodological cut up among the examine of spontaneous dialog in usual context and the research of speech construction and comprehension lower than managed experimental stipulations. And fourth, the inflexible style contrast among narrative and conversational discourse.
All 4 dichotomies were worthy both methodologically or traditionally. yet very important as they could were long ago, the time has possibly come to paintings towards an built-in method of the examine of human conversation, person who can be much less depending on slim reductions.
Both the ontological primacy and the methodological problem of usual face-to-face verbal exchange are self glaring. Human language has advanced, is received, and is practiced most typically within the context of face-to-face conversation. such a lot earlier theory-building in both linguistics or psychology has now not benefited from the research of face-to-face conversation, a undeniable fact that is regrettable and calls for rectification. we are hoping that this quantity tilts within the correct path.

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We must also identify those adaptations which are in fact beneficial to the communicative process. Again the data we have presented here is useful in this respect because we can see not only what differences emerge when we compare dialogues between aphasic and unimpaired speakers, but also whether those differences appear to help speakers achieve mutual understanding. Some of the adaptations which conversational partners make do not seem to do so. We observed significant negative correlations between many apparently sensible conversational strategies and communicative success, such as offering explana­ tions, asking questions, and gesturing.

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All videotaped interactions were analyzed by a trained coder. A second judge independently coded two dialogues. Interjudge reliability was calculated on these two sets of codings. In 83% of cases both judges agreed that a gestured had occurred and categorized it in the same way. 2. Gesture Coding Results Do aphasic speakers use gesture to compensate for their linguistic difficulties? The first analysis was thus to determine if aphasic speakers use gestures more frequently than their unimpaired peers and if certain kinds of gesture are more common than others.

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