Verbal Integrity

  • Daniel C. O’Connell
  • Sabine Kowal
Part of the Cognition and Language: A Series in Psycholinguistics book series (CALS)

Chapter Prospectus

Chapter 22, Verbal Integrity, concerns the basic respect speakers and listeners must have for one another and for others in order to carry on genuine spontaneous spoken discourse. It excludes mendacity, disdain, haughtiness, arrogance, disregard, and disinterest, and the concept embodies as well the fundamental ethical dictum bonum faciendum, malum vitandum, the universal mandate to do good and avoid evil. The relevance of verbal integrity for this book is precisely that a comprehensive and adequate analysis and understanding of spontaneous spoken discourse from a psychological point of view is impossible without factoring in verbal integrity: For interlocutors in spontaneous spoken discourse, meaning is always embedded within moral responsibility. Interlocutors are not only psychological agents; they are moral agents. Our inclusion of the concept of verbal integrityas a building block for a theory of spontaneous spoken discourse makes it clear that our own...


Moral Dimension Verbal Integrity Moral Appropriateness Cognitive Linguistic Ethical Conviction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel C. O’Connell
    • 1
  • Sabine Kowal
    • 2
  1. 1.Georgetown UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Technische Universität Institut für Sprache und KommunikationGermany

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