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Making Sense of Conversational Intentions

Lecture no. 14 from the course: Language and Society: What Your Speech Says About You

Making Sense of Conversational Intentions

Taught by Professor Valerie Fridland | 28 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

Explore the separation between literal meaning and socially derived meaning in conversation. Discover the field of pragmatics, which studies how meaning is interpreted from context, and how we often convey meaning without explicit speech by relying on inference. Learn how we use shared conversational conventions to guide our interpretation of others’ speech.


October 9, 2015