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ERIC Number: ED400707
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 23
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The Pragmatics of Uncertainty.
Tanaka, Noriko
A discussion of interpersonal communication examines how uncertainty is used in interaction, develops the concept of ambivalence, and considers the implications for cross-cultural interaction. Two types of ambivalence are distinguished: strategic and genuine. It is shown that ambivalence may be realized not only at the utterance level but also at the level of discourse. It is proposed that while the uncertainty the speaker creates through ambivalence can be a useful strategy to achieve a particular purpose, it may prevent the addressee from understanding the speaker's intent clearly and may be a major cause of misunderstanding, especially in interaction between people with different norms or conventions for the use of ambivalence. Some attention is given to discourse between native speakers of different languages. Contains 26 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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