Chapter 19, Intersubjectivity, engages the most basic psychological and social prerequisite for spontaneous spoken discourse. Intersubjectivity does not include consciousness of the content of discourse, but focuses on the mutual and reciprocal consciousness of one another on the part of interlocutors. That is to say that the interlocutors are aware not only of the interactive presence of other interlocutors, but also of their own awareness of them. Failing this prerequisite, spontaneous spoken discourse ceases – or fails to commence. Intersubjectivity itself is not verbal, but provides the conscious underpinning for both speaking and listening.
The Principle of Intersubjectivity as a Problem in Literary Stylistics
At the very outset, one must carefully distinguish the psychological notion of intersubjectivity as intended in this book from “the principle of intersubjectivity” presented in his discussion of stylistics by Taylor (1997, p. 98). Because of his high...