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Cognitive Pragmatics: The Mental Processes of Communication

Bruno G. Bara


This book, which offers a theory of human communication that is both formalized through logic and empirically validated through experimental data and clinical studies, argues that communication is a cooperative activity in which two or more agents together, consciously and intentionally, construct the meaning of their interaction. In true communication (which the book distinguishes from the mere transmission of information), all the actors must share a set of mental states. The book takes a cognitive perspective, investigating communication not from the viewpoint of an external observer (as is ... More

Keywords: human communication, true communication, transmission of information, communicative interaction, behavior, dialogue games, language, gesture, deception, irony

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262014113
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014113.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruno G. Bara, author