2-22-11 - Language in Communication: How to do Things With...

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Unformatted text preview: Language in Communication: How to do Things With Words The Tools and Rules of Language * language is a tool for representation-representation refers to the fact that words and symbols represent our thoughts, feelings, etc-has to do with the information transmission paradigm * language is a tool for activity coordination- has to do with the constitutive paradigm as far as social action and activities for any social activity you need language to perform it because it isnt possible not to. Words guide interactions. * language itself is an activity * that is rule-governed Video clip: Rule of language that was broken was that people should contribute more to the debate or conversation in general than a yes or no. Nothing was resolved and debate didnt come to a proper conclusion in the end. The Rules of Language When asked a question, answer it in context. Connotation and denotation? Contribute to conversation, dont leave topic hanging. Clicker question: According to Ruben and Stewart, the difference between conversational rules and traffic rules is that conversational rules are implicit while traffic rules are explicit . Language is a Game! * two volunteers? What happened? They pick tic tac toe. Every time the guy put an X the girl replaced it with her O. She basically cheated. Tic Tac Toe: Breaching experiment (Garfinkel) * language rules is rule-governed (game)- rules are tacit, not written down anywhere, and taken for granted. We ultimately understand the rules of the game...
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This note was uploaded on 02/01/2012 for the course INTRO TO C 101 taught by Professor Nicklinardopoulo during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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2-22-11 - Language in Communication: How to do Things With...

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