This chapter, which discusses the evolution, development, and decay of communicative competence in the context of cognitive pragmatics and its theoretical aspects, makes a distinction between competence and performance in communication, and suggests that the sole proof of the existence of a given competence is an instance of the related performance. It also examines a rigid system of interaction as opposed to a semirigid communication system, along with open systems of communication, the concept of permanence, the micro–macro cortical ratio in the brain, the evolution of language, how children comprehend communication acts, the transition from protoconversation to conversation, how the brain understands intention, and silence.
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