From Monologism to Dialogicality

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

Chapter Prospectus

Chapter 7, From Monologism to Dialogicality, engages the fact that spontaneous spoken discourse is essentially dialogical and is correspondingly most clearly recognizable through the observable phenomenon of turn-taking. Language use is always a social and cultural engagement rather than some sort of solipsistic behavioral phenomenon, as it would appear to be in the reductionistic treatments and artificial experimentation of mainstream psycholinguistics. Empirical research dare not neglect this essential component of spontaneous spoken discourse.

Where Are We?

In our search for a concrete way to contrast monologism and dialogicality, we encountered an appropriate example in a presentation at a recent Psychonomic Society convention. A paper by Swets, Ferreira, and Altmann (2006, November 18, p. 29) manifests the differences more clearly than any example we might have concocted. The paper was entitled “ Where was I?: A psycholinguistic investigation of interruptions...


Language Production Speech Stream Individual Speaker Sentence Production Spatial Metaphor 
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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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