First Advisor

Brenda Glascott

Date of Award

8-6-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Liberal Studies and University Honors

Department

Liberal Studies

Language

English

Subjects

H. P. (H. Paul) Grice, Language and languages -- Philosophy, Discourse analysis, Implication (Logic), Speech acts (Linguistics)

DOI

10.15760/honors.954

Abstract

The following paper covers an interdisciplinary examination and re-conceptualization of philosopher H.P. Grice’s “Logic and Conversation.” By way of interdisciplinary analysis and theory building, this paper breaks down Grice’s philosophical understandings of conversational pragmatics as well as significant components of speech act theory, as put forth by philosopher J. L. Austin and revisited by J. R. Searle, and interactive frame theory as understood in sociocultural linguistic anthropology by Deborah Tannen and Cynthia Wallat. It interrogates shortcomings of Grice’s understanding of conversation and draws from speech act and frame theory to fill these shortcomings and expand on Grice’s original work. The result is a new, interdisciplinary method of conversational analysis which accounts for the performativity of conversational contributions and the dynamics of the contextual knowledge which shapes the dexterity of participants in an interaction. This new method of understanding may be applied to discourse analysis settings in a variety of areas of study. Additionally, it may be used to examine how specific facets of language function in conversational context (i.e. gender or race), and may be applied to arenas of interaction outside of verbal conversation.

Rights

In Copyright. URI: http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/ This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/33556

Share

COinS