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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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Tools for Communicating

Tools for Communicating

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Cognitive Pragmatics
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Bruno G. Bara

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014113.003.0002

This chapter examines the basis of cognitive pragmatics, first by outlining certain fundamental methodological aspects. It considers instruments used to validate theories and how a theory may be falsified to determine whether it can withstand all criticisms. The chapter explores developmental cognitive science and the key points of this methodology, namely formalization, construction, and neural correlation, and also discusses shared belief and communicative intention, primitives that are essential to the theory of cognitive pragmatics. It then looks at conversational and behavioral cooperation in communication, along with mental states, attention, and intentionality. The chapter also discusses the differences among deliberate and conscious communication acts; intentional, nondeliberate, and conscious communication acts; intentional, deliberate, and unconscious communication acts; intentional, nondeliberate, and unconscious communication acts; and unintentionally communicative actions and modes of being.

Keywords:   cognitive pragmatics, developmental cognitive science, shared belief, communicative intention, cooperation, communication, mental states, attention, intentionality, modes of being

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