Communication and folk psychology

Mind and Language 21 (1):74-107 (2006)
Prominent accounts of language use (those of Grice, Lewis, Stalnaker, Sperber and Wilson among others) have viewed basic communicative acts as essentially involving the attitudes of the participating agents. Developmental data poses a dilemma for these accounts, since it suggests children below age four are competent communicators but would lack the ability to conceptualise communication if philosophers and linguists are right about what communication is. This paper argues that this dilemma is quite serious and that these prominent accounts would be undermined if an adequate more minimal alternative were available. Just such a minimalist account of communication is offered, drawing on ideas from relevance theory and situation theory
Keywords Action  Communication  Feeling  Folk Psychology  Gaze  Language  Relevance  Situation
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DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0017.2006.00307.x
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