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ReasoningA Social Picture$
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Anthony Simon Laden

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199606191

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606191.001.0001

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Norms of Conversation

Norms of Conversation

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(p.104) 4 Norms of Conversation
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Reasoning
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Anthony Simon Laden

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606191.003.0005

After an opening discussion of different kinds of norms, the chapter discusses three types of characteristic norms of casual conversation. Each kind of norm emerges from a contrast between genuine conversation and other forms of speaking in each other’s proximity. Conversation requires that speakers are mutually intelligible and find ways to attune themselves, that there is a sufficient level of equality among the speakers that each can influence the other, and that the speakers are able and willing to stand behind what they say.

Keywords:   norms, attunement, referential agreement, equality, criteria, Cavell, sincerity, relationships

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