Collaboration in dialogues

Karin Aronsson
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In analysing illocutionary aspects of talk, speech act theorizing moved beyond restricted monologic talk (Austin 1962). The added focus on indirectness and implicit meaning invokes the notion of recipients in dialogues. Yet, speech act theorizing is still somewhat monologic in that speech acts are primarily defined in terms of speaker intentions rather than in terms of reflexive processes in face-to-face speaker–hearer interactions. Human beings are reflexive creatures, capable of selfreflection as well as reflections about what others may think about their comport. This means that dialogues are infinitely complex in that they involve at least a four-way traffic:

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