© 1983

Dialogue Games

An Approach to Discourse Analysis


Part of the Synthese Language Library book series (SLAP, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Dialogue Games

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lauri Carlson
      Pages 3-10
    3. Lauri Carlson
      Pages 11-21
    4. Lauri Carlson
      Pages 22-43
    5. Lauri Carlson
      Pages 44-65
    6. Lauri Carlson
      Pages 66-77
    7. Lauri Carlson
      Pages 78-91
    8. Lauri Carlson
      Pages 92-106
    9. Lauri Carlson
      Pages 107-136
  3. Discourse Grammar

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Lauri Carlson
      Pages 146-151
    3. Lauri Carlson
      Pages 152-183
    4. Lauri Carlson
      Pages 184-218
    5. Lauri Carlson
      Pages 219-236
    6. Lauri Carlson
      Pages 237-271
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 311-319

About this book


This essay constitutes yet another approach to the fields of inquiry variously known as discourse analysis, discourse grammar, text grammar, functional 1 syntax, or text linguistics. An attempt is made to develop a fairly abstract unified theoretical frame­ work for the description of discourse which actually helps explain concrete facts of the discourse grammar of a naturallanguage.2 This plan is reflected in the division of the study into two parts. In the first part, a semiformal framework for describing conversational discourse is developed in some detail. In the second part, this framework is applied to the functional syntax of English. The relation of the discourse grammar of Part II to the descriptive frame­ work of Part I can be instructively compared to the relation of Tarskian semantics to model theory. Tarski's semantics defmes a concept of truth of a sentence in a model, an independently identified construct. Analogously, my rules of discourse grammar defme a concept of appropriateness of a sentence to a given context. The task of the first Part of the essay is to characterize the relevant notion of context. Although my original statement of the problem was linguistic - how to describe the meaning, or function, of certain aspects of word order and intonation - Part I is largely an application of various methods and results of philosophical logic. The justification of the interdisciplinary approach is the simplicity and naturalness of the eventual answers to specific linguistic problems in Part II.


Index Proposition Syntax conjunctions grammar indirect questions subject

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The Academy of FinlandFinland

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Dialogue Games
  • Book Subtitle An Approach to Discourse Analysis
  • Authors L. Carlson
  • Series Title Synthese Language Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-1455-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-277-1951-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-015-3963-0
  • Series ISSN 0924-4662
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIV, 320
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Applied Linguistics
    Computational Linguistics
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`...the book belongs to the most important publications on discourse structure, since it brings an overwhelming number of important insights in the most different domains of text linguistics, many of them helping to reveal points of a deeper understanding of conversational regularities, as well as of the relationships between sentences, contexts and truth conditions.'
The Prague Bulletin of Mathematical Linguistics, 44 (1985)