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.
Föreläsare: Professor Herbert Clark
Tid: 10:30 - 12:00
Plats: Humanisten, Lilla Hörsalen