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ERIC Number: ED359747
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Success Concepts.
Enkvist, Erik Nils
Concepts that deal with various aspects of communicative success, or "success concepts," include grammaticality, acceptability, appropriateness, and interpretability. Because different grammarians espouse different ideas of correctness, grammaticality, defined as the relation between an utterance and a grammatical description of its language, must be supplemented with "real life" concepts. Acceptability is the relation between an expression and a set of judgments produced by a group of informants. The question is posed whether acceptability can be measured without attention to the type of person who makes the judgments or the situation in which judgments are made. Appropriateness is situational or contextualized acceptability and is a matter of style. A piece of discourse is interpretable to those who can, under the circumstances, build around that discourse a world in which the discourse make sense. Applied linguists are urged to encourage interpretability as the most basic of the success concepts. (JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: In: Nordic Research on Text and Discourse. NORDTEXT Symposium (Espoo, Finland, May 10-13, 1990); see FL 020 811.