ERIC Number: ED358488
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Models of Communication; The Interdependency of Rules and Inference.
Aldrich, Alan W.
This paper develops the argument that rule and inferential models of communication are interdependent--that explanations provided by one model must invoke properties of the other model if a more complete explanation of communication is to be arrived at. Rule and inferential models are examined separately in the paper as to their functions in language usage and their shortcomings. Using Grice's conversational maxims and implicatures, the paper makes the argument that neither model can adequately explain the communication process as both models are interdependent of each other. The paper suggests that communication is a probabilistic process and such a conception of communication should guide future research into communication models. (Contains 45 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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