Understanding Dialogue: Language Use and Social Interaction

Martin Pickering, Simon Garrod

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Linguistic interaction between two people is the fundamental form of communication, yet almost all research in language use focuses on isolated speakers and listeners. In this innovative work, Pickering and Garrod extend the scope of psycholinguistics beyond individuals by introducing communication as a social activity. Drawing on psychological, linguistic, philosophical and sociological research, they expand their theory that alignment across individuals is the basis of communication, through the model of a ‘shared workspace account’. In this workspace, interlocutors are actors who jointly manipulate and control the interaction and develop similar representations of both language and social context, in order to achieve communicative success. The book also explores dialogue within groups, technologies and the role of culture more generally. Providing a new understanding of cognitive representation, this trailblazing work will be highly influential in the fields of linguistics, psychology and cognitive science.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages283
ISBN (Print)9781108473613, 9781108461931
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2021


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