ERIC Number: ED146809
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
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Psychoanalytic Discourse and Ordinary Conversation. Interfaces, No. 8, Fall 1977.
Lakoff, Robin Tolmach
This paper is an abstract of the original manuscript, by Nancy Boulton, which examines the area of intersection between purely linguistic and social behavior to see if the latter is amenable to formal description. The paper examines psychoanalytic discourse and presents evidence for the following hypotheses: (1) since participants can recognize deviation from expected communicative principles, there exists a system of rules of communicative competence; (2) some forms of deviation from this code are more acceptable than others, which suggests rule-governed behavior; and (3) by mutual consent, deviations from the communicative norm are employed and tolerated. The following hypotheses are formulated: (1) an adequate theory of communicative competence must cover both normal and extraordinary forms of discourse; (2) psychoanalytic discourse can be learned because it follows normal rules of communicative competence; (3) differences between normal and psychoanalytic conversation occur by mutual consent of the participants, and are therefore tolerable; and (4) Freud's basic rule of analysis and the ordinary rules of communicative competence are not mutually compatible, but violation of the latter in the analytic setting provides the basis for the analyst's interpretations. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Georgetown Univ., Washington, DC. School of Languages and Linguistics.
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