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Understanding Misunderstandings from Socio-cognitive Approach to Pragmatics
International Journal of Language and Linguistics
Volume 7, Issue 5, September 2019, Pages: 194-201
Received: Jun. 20, 2019; Accepted: Aug. 4, 2019; Published: Aug. 19, 2019
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Zhou Honghui, School of Foreign Studies, Lingnan Normal University, Zhanjiang, China
Chen Dongchun, School of Foreign Studies, Guangdong University of Finance and Economics, Guangzhou, China
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Misunderstanding is an old and open question especially in the linguistic domain, but few concerns have put on this important topic recently. To reconsider this problem and offer instructive views, the new theoretical perspective and approaches are needed. A new theory “socio-cognitive approach to pragmatics” (SCA) dubbed by Istvan Kecskes offers a fresh angle for understanding misunderstandings. Other than traditional pragmatics and cognitive pragmatics, SCA standing in the middle point tries to integrate them and explain linguistic phenomenon with both social and cognitive factors. This study tries to examine misunderstandings under SCA, especially its view of Common Ground Co-construction. First, it is assumed that the root cause of misunderstanding lies in egocentrism, which are both an intrinsic property of verbal communication and a mechanism of individual thinking. Then, with a detailed analysis of CG co-construction deficiency and misunderstandings from the perspective of CG co-constructionism of SCA, it is illustrated how egocentrism causes different misunderstandings. In so doing, this study digs out the root cause of misunderstanding by taking speaker and hearer as a whole, and considering both the social factors and cognitive factors, which is a fresh practice on the “speaker-hearer pragmatic model” of SCA.
Socio-cognitive Approach to Pragmatics, The Root Cause of Misunderstanding, Egocentrism, CG Co-construct
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Zhou Honghui, Chen Dongchun, Understanding Misunderstandings from Socio-cognitive Approach to Pragmatics, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Vol. 7, No. 5, 2019, pp. 194-201. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20190705.13
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