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Cognitive PragmaticsThe Mental Processes of Communication$
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Bruno G. Bara

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014113

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014113.001.0001

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Not Just Language: A Taxonomy of Communication

Not Just Language: A Taxonomy of Communication

(p.1) 1 Not Just Language: A Taxonomy of Communication
Cognitive Pragmatics

Bruno G. Bara

The MIT Press

This book deals with cognitive pragmatics, the study of the mental states of people who are engaged in communication, and analyzes the relationship between communicative interactions and mental states by focusing on individual motivations, beliefs, goals, desires, and intentions. It also examines how mental states are expressed by looking at the specific features of the various channels of communication, with special emphasis on linguistic communication as opposed to extralinguistic communication. The book also discusses behavior games and conversation games, along with the origin of language and communicative competence, social interaction, the dichotomy between permanence and impermanence in communication, and the theory of relevance proposed by Dan Sperber and Deirdre Wilson in 1986.

Keywords:   cognitive pragmatics, mental states, communication, theory of relevance, intentions, linguistic communication, extralinguistic communication, behavior games, conversation games, social interaction

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