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Herbert H. Clark: On the rational basis of communication

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Herbert H. Clark: On the rational basis of communication

Communication is often said to be a rational behavior. As Grice (1975) put it, "Talking [is] a special case or variety of purposive, indeed rational behavior." But what does it mean for a behavior to be rational? I will contrast two notions of rationality as they have been applied to language use, one cooperative (à la Grice) and the other interactive, and argue that both are legitimate. I will show how the interactive model, based on one type of rationality, accounts for a wide range of phenomena that are complementary for those accounted for in a Gricean cooperative model.

Lecturer: Professor Herbert Clark

Date: 5/2/2017

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Categories: Linguistics

Organizer: CLASP

Location: Humanisten, Lilla Hörsalen

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