Cognitive Constraints on Communication

Representations and Processes

  • Lucia Vaina
  • Jaakko Hintikka

Part of the Synthese Language Library book series (SLAP, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Teun A. Van Dijk
    Pages 1-17
  3. Solomon Marcus
    Pages 19-31
  4. Larry I. Benowitz, David M. Bear, Marsel-M. Mesulam, Robert Rosenthal, Eran Zaidel, Roger W. Sperry
    Pages 75-95
  5. Roman Jakobson, Grete Lübbe-Grothues
    Pages 115-136
  6. Wendy Lehnert
    Pages 137-159
  7. Arnold Günther
    Pages 241-250
  8. Anca Runcan
    Pages 251-266
  9. Lauri Carlson
    Pages 295-333
  10. David D. McDonald
    Pages 403-424
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 425-428

About this book


Communication is one of the most challenging human phenomena, and the same is true of its paradigmatic verbal realization as a dialogue. Not only is communication crucial for virtually all interpersonal relations; dialogue is often seen as offering us also a paradigm for important intra-individual processes. The best known example is undoubtedly the idea of concep­ tualizing thinking as an internal dialogue, "inward dialogue carried on by the mind within itself without spoken sound", as Plato called it in the Sophist. At first, the study of communication seems to be too vaguely defmed to have much promise. It is up to us, so to speak, to decide what to say and how to say it. However, on eloser scrutiny, the process of communication is seen to be subject to various subtle constraints. They are due inter alia to the nature of the parties of the communicative act, and most importantly, to the properties of the language or other method of representation presupposed in that particuIar act of communication. It is therefore not surprising that in the study of communication as a cognitive process the critical issues revolve around the nature of the representations and the nature of the computations that create, maintain and interpret these representations. The term "repre­ sentation" as used here indicates a particular way of specifying information about a given subject.


Plato discourse language semantics

Editors and affiliations

  • Lucia Vaina
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jaakko Hintikka
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Cognitive ScienceM.I.T.USA
  2. 2.Computer Science DepartmentBoston UniversityUSA
  3. 3.Department of PhilosophyFlorida State UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-1949-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-9188-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4662
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