Using Language by Herbert H. ClarkUsing Language by Herbert H. Clark

Using Language

byHerbert H. Clark

Paperback | May 31, 1996

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Herbert Clark argues that language use is more than the sum of a speaker speaking and a listener listening. It is the joint action that emerges when speakers and listeners, writers and readers perform their individual actions in coordination, as ensembles. In contrast to work within the cognitive sciences, which has seen language use as an individual process, and to work within the social sciences, which has seen it as a social process, the author argues strongly that language use embodies both individual and social processes.
Title:Using LanguageFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:446 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:8.98 × 5.98 × 0.98 inPublished:May 31, 1996Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521567459

ISBN - 13:9780521567459


Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. Introduction: 1. Language use; Part II. Foundations: 2. Joint activities; 3. Joint actions; 4. Common ground; Part III. Communicative Acts: 5. Meaning and understanding; 6. Signaling; Part IV. Levels of Action: 7. Joint projects; 8. Grounding; 9. Utterances; Part V. Discourse: 10. Joint commitment; 11. Conversation; 12. Layering; Part VI. Conclusion: 13. Conclusion; References.

From Our Editors

In this, his major work to date, Herbert Clark sets out the thesis that language use is really a form of joint action. A joint action is one thing that is carried out by an ensemble of people acting in coordination with each other.

Editorial Reviews

"Using Language is a lucid exposition of views that Clark has been developing for over a decade. The central argument is that language must be seen within the complex belief and intentional context in which it is used. Clark tries to pinpoint exactly those features of the intentional context--the set of assumptions and ascribed intentions--which make communication possible, and, often, effortlessly effective. It is undoubtedly his major work to date." Stephen C. Levinson, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen