By Hedwig te Molder, Jonathan Potter
Written through a few of the major figures within the fields of dialog research, discursive psychology and ethnomethodology, this ebook appears to be like on the tough implications of latest discourse methods to the subject of cognition. It presents a survey of state-of-the-art debates approximately discourse and cognition in addition to various illustrative analyses which express how the concept of cognition will be transformed. This finished and obtainable ebook will make an incredible contribution to the improvement of a extra built-in method of language and cognition.
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As a broad-brush distinction between the two areas we might characterize the cognitive science question as what kind of competence is required to produce particular actions? In contrast, the interaction question can be characterized as how (if at all) does cognition figure as something in and for interaction? This raises further questions of whether the answer to the former question has implications for the latter, and vice versa. Does the competence concept in cognitive science map onto the interactional objects of interaction research?
Do they display attention? Do they ask questions? It renders the talk into well-formed sentences with conventional orthographic punctuation. It is not possible to recover information about emphasis, intonation, delays and repairs and so on. The interaction is, in effect, cleaned up and abstracted. Indeed, it is not clear if this is what actually happened in any case or what should have happened. From within the logic of cognitive science this is a quality of the paper. However, interaction researchers are likely to be interested in the many features of what is going on but which are simply obscured in such a representational practice.
In this sense, one could argue that we all act like the Trukese, however much some of us may talk like Europeans. We must act like the Trukese because the circumstances of our actions are never fully anticipated and are continually changing around us. (Suchman, 1987: ix) She suggests that plans can only be a weak resource for activities. Indeed, their apparent central role in action may be as much a consequence of the emphasis on rationality in Western cultures as their actual constraining role.