The Possibility of Dialogic Semantics

Abstract
This paper outlines and demonstrates the viability of a consistent dialogic approach to the semantics of utterances in natural language. Based on the philosophical picture of language as dialogue, adumbrated by Mikhail Bakhtin and incorporating work in conversation analysis and cognitive-functional linguistics, I develop a method for analyzing both the function and the content of human utterances within a unified philosophical framework. I demonstrate the viability of this method of analysis by applying it to a brief conversational exchange (in Hebrew), which is analyzed here in full detail.
Keywords dialogue  meaning  pragmatics  semantics  cognitive linguistics  functional linguistics  conversation analysis  Bakhtin, Mikhail
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