David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
There are several linguistic phenomena that, when examined closely, give evidence that people speak through characters, much like authors of literary works do, in everyday discourse. However, most approaches in linguistics and in the philosophy of language leave little theoretical room for the appearance of characters in discourse. In particular, there is no linguistic criterion found to date, which can mark precisely what stretch of discourse within an utterance belongs to a character, and to which character. And yet, without at least tentatively marking the division of labor between the different characters in an utterance, it is absolutely impossible to arrive at an acceptable interpretation of it. As an alternative, I propose to take character use seriously, as an essential feature of discourse in general, a feature speakers and listeners actively seek out in utterances. I offer a simple typology of actions in discourse that draws on this understanding, and demonstrate its usefulness for the analysis of a conversation transcript.
|Keywords||action dialogue literariness meaning polyphony (language)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Amie L. Thomasson (2003). Speaking of Fictional Characters. Dialectica 57 (2):205–223.
Sergeiy Sandler (2011). Reenactment: An Embodied Cognition Approach to Meaning and Linguistic Content. [REVIEW] Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 11 (4):583-598.
Rush Rhees (1998). Wittgenstein and the Possibility of Discourse. Cambridge University Press.
Jukka Mikkonen (2010). Literary Fictions as Utterances and Artworks. Theoria 46 (1):68-80.
Margareth Sandvik (1997). Reconstructing Interactive Argumentative Discourse. Argumentation 11 (4):419-434.
Sally McConnell-Ginet (2010). Gender, Sexuality, and Meaning: Linguistic Practice and Politics. Oxford University Press.
Gilles Fauconnier (1994). Mental Spaces: Aspects of Meaning Construction in Natural Language. Cambridge University Press.
Inga B. Dolinina & Vittorina Cecchetto (1998). Facework and Rhetorical Strategies in Intercultural Argumentative Discourse. Argumentation 12 (2):167-181.
Michael Glanzberg (2002). Context and Discourse. Mind and Language 17 (4):333–375.
Michel Meyer (1983). Meaning and Reading: A Philosophical Essay on Language and Literature. J. Benjamins.
Petr Kot'?Tko (1998). Two Notions of Utterance Meaning. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 98:225 - 239.
Franson Manjali (2008). Language, Discourse and Culture - Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives. Anthem Press, New Delhi.
Added to index2012-04-07
Total downloads75 ( #20,250 of 1,101,880 )
Recent downloads (6 months)10 ( #24,798 of 1,101,880 )
How can I increase my downloads?