Chapter in:Approaches to Internet Pragmatics: Theory and practice
Edited by Chaoqun Xie, Francisco Yus and Hartmut Haberland
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 318] 2021
Computer-mediated discourse in context
Pluralism of communicative action and discourse common ground
This paper examines the particularisation of the pragmatic universals of contextualisation, indexicality of communicative action and implicature in computer-mediated discourse. It adopts a discourse-pragmatic perspective to account for the interdependencies between the contextual constraints and requirements of the medium on the one hand, and the multilayeredness and hypertextuality of computer-mediated discourse on the other. Particular attention is given to the importation of context and provision of background information, and to their contribution to the co-construction of discourse common ground. Utilising data, metadata and metarepresentations from the coverage of a former refugee taking up a Lord Mayor post, the paper shows how the pragmatic universals undergo medium-specific particularisation and count as multiply contextual communicative actions with multilayered production and reception formats.
Keywords: context, contextualisation, discourse common ground, implicature, participation format, pluralism of communicative action, pragmatic universal
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