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

Chapter Prospectus

Chapter 6, Intentionality, engages the rationale for initiating speech, continuing to speak, and ceasing to speak. Hence, we are here concerned with the psychological meaning of intentionality rather than with the philosophical meaning as presented, for example, by Austin (e.g., 1962) and by Searle (e.g., 1983). Spontaneous spoken discourse is not a continuous or constant activity of human beings. It is a chosen activity; it must be initiated, and this initiation requires on the part of a speaker a reason or reasons to begin to speak and to continue speaking or not. The same is correlatively true of the listener: Listening must be engaged initially and then sustained; it is not automatic. The basic motivation on the part of both speaker and listener is a search for intelligibility and coherence that cannot be satisfied by nonverbal means only, but requires words. Even more fundamentally, these considerations are based on the fact that we are not dealing with a sort...


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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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