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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

(p.104) 4 Norms of Conversation

Anthony Simon Laden

Oxford University Press

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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