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LINGUIST List 18.1792

Wed Jun 13 2007

Diss: Psycholing/Pragmatics: Grommes: 'Prinzipien kohaerenter Kommu...'

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        1.    Patrick Grommes, Prinzipien kohaerenter Kommunikation

Message 1: Prinzipien kohaerenter Kommunikation
Date: 12-Jun-2007
From: Patrick Grommes <Patrick.Grommesalumni.hu-berlin.de>
Subject: Prinzipien kohaerenter Kommunikation

Institution: Humboldt University, Berlin
Program: Department for German Language and Lingustics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2005

Author: Patrick Grommes

Dissertation Title: Prinzipien kohaerenter Kommunikation

Dissertation URL: http://edoc.hu-berlin.de/docviews/abstract.php?lang=ger&id=27946

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Dissertation Director:
Rainer Dietrich
Manfred Krifka

Dissertation Abstract:

This doctoral thesis shows in how far principles of coherent communication
can be traced back to psycholinguistically founded principles of text
production. The so-called quaestio forms the common basis of text and
dialogue production. As an implicit underlying question it sets preferences
for the structure of a whole text as well as a single utterance. The
quaestio ensures coherence of texts on a conceptual basis rather than
merely through the use of lexical or grammatical means. Thus, the
production of coherence can be seen as cognitive achievement not only by
listeners, but also by speakers who have to follow planning constraints.
The thesis discusses the terms coherence and cohesion as well as
descriptive approaches dealing with these terms. Additionally, methods of
dialogue analysis are confronted with each other. This discussion treats
for example Rhetorical Structure Theory and Centering-Theory. The thesis
discusses diverse methodological approaches, because it combines structural
with qualitative analyses. Thus approaches such as Conversation Analysis,
Clark's concept of joint actions and joint activities, but also Pickering's
and Garrod's alignment-theory are being treated. In the end the quaestio
approach by Stutterheim is chosen, because it offers the widest explanatory
framework from a psycholinguistic point of view. The main part of the
thesis is dedicated to detailed analyses of real-life dialogue. In
conclusion, principles of quaestio management in dialogues are proposed.
Because the study treats a wide variety of interaction settings, it
delivers a set of principles of coherence and their typical features that
allows not only for analyses of any other set of dialogues, but may also
support the development of communication routines. Therefore, this thesis
hints on application scenarios of psycholinguistic research.

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