Context in natural-language communication: presupposed or co-supposed?

Research output: Contributions to collected editions/worksArticle in conference proceedingsResearch


The role of context is investigated in natural-language communication by differentiating between cognitive, linguistic and social contexts. It is firmly anchored to a dialogue framework and based on a relational conception of context as structured and interactionally organised. It adopts bottom-up and top-down perspectives and argues for natural-language communication as a dialogical, cooperative and collaborative endeavour, in which local meaning is negotiated in context. In the case of an acceptance, an utterance and its presuppositions are allocated to the dialogue common ground and assigned the status of co-suppositions. In the case of a non-acceptance, a negotiation-of-validity sequence is initiated. The adaptation of both micro and macro perspectives requires a differentiation between unilateral speech acts and collective dialogue acts, individual I-intentions and collective WE-intentions, individual presuppositions and collective co-suppositions, and individual sensemaking and collective coherence.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationModeling and Using Context - 3rd International and Interdisciplinary Conference, CONTEXT 2001, Proceedings : Third International and Interdisciplinary Conference, CONTEXT 2001 Dundee, UK, July 27–30, 2001 Proceedings
EditorsVarol Akman, Paolo Bouquet, Richmond Thomason, Roger A. Young
Number of pages4
Place of PublicationHeidelberg, Berlin
Publication date01.01.2001
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-42379-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-44607-1
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2001
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Modeling and Using Context - 2001 - Dundee, United Kingdom
Duration: 27.07.200130.07.2001
Conference number: 3

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001.

    Research areas

  • English - Communicative Intention, Communicative project, indexical expression, communicative contribution, local meaning