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Lexical misunderstandings and prototype theory

Clift, R (1998) 'Lexical misunderstandings and prototype theory.' AI and Society, 12 (3). 109 - 133. ISSN 0951-5666

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Abstract

This paper uses examples of conversational understandings, misunderstandings and non-understandings to explore the role of prototypes and schemata in conversational understanding. An investigation of the procedures by which we make sense of lexical items in utterances by fitting prototypes into schemata is followed by an examination of how schemata are instantiated across conversational sequences by means of topics. In interaction, conflicts over meaning illuminate the decisive role of social and cultural factors in understanding. Overall, understanding is seen to be critically dependent on principles of categorisation and contrast, which form the basis of both cognitive and sociocultural means of organisation. © 1998 Springer-Verlag London Limited.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Elena Pupaza
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2015 14:31
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:45
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/11507

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