By Teun A. Van Dijk (auth.), Lucia Vaina, Jaakko Hintikka (eds.)
Communication is among the so much difficult human phenomena, and an analogous is right of its paradigmatic verbal awareness as a discussion. not just is verbal exchange the most important for nearly all interpersonal kin; discussion is frequently visible as delivering us additionally a paradigm for vital intra-individual tactics. the easiest identified instance is unquestionably the belief of concep tualizing pondering as an inner discussion, "inward discussion carried on through the brain inside itself with no spoken sound", as Plato referred to as it within the Sophist. initially, the examine of conversation looks too vaguely defmed to have a lot promise. it truly is as much as us, with the intention to converse, to make your mind up what to claim and the way to assert it. in spite of the fact that, on eloser scrutiny, the method of verbal exchange is noticeable to be topic to numerous refined constraints. they're due inter alia to the character of the events of the communicative act, and most significantly, to the homes of the language or different approach to illustration presupposed in that particuIar act of conversation. it really is hence no longer unbelievable that during the learn of communique as a cognitive technique the serious matters revolve round the nature of the representations and the character of the computations that create, hold and interpret those representations. The time period "repre sentation" as used the following shows a specific manner of specifying information regarding a given subject.
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Sinee the main functions (as we have argued in our papers quoted above) are here - in this order - the phatic, the referential, the eonative and the metalinguistic funetion, the impossibility of developing them is one of the main sourees of an international communieation crisis. Why is the phatic function the most important? Because the fundamental condition of peace is the possibility ofkeeping the contact with all your partners, independently of their attitude and behavior. "Practice has proved that the capacity to keep the contact is eo ipso a way to substitute violent aetions" says Mircea Malita (Theory and Practice of Negotiations (in Romanian), Editura politic"ä, Bucharest, 1972, p.
The analyst was substantially silent. This type of event is a somewhat unusual moment of insight. After months of talking often about his sister as ademanding and overbearing woman spreading gloom about her, a sophisticated male patient remarked to himself one hour: "You know, 1 guess I really don't like her," said with a mild tone of wonder and surprise. After recognizing his dislike, he proved much more able to deal with her, changing his automatie avoidance tactics, and recognizing, again with some surprise, that she was chronically depressed.
Let us observe that the metalinguistic function is concerned with three components of the communication process: the code, the transmitter and the receiver, whereas the poetic function is concerned with both the message and the noise. In a more detailed investigation we could defme two more functions, oriented respectively towards the transmitter and the receiver. We can call them the coding and respectively the decoding [unction. They are very important during meetings of international organizations, where changing of codes and translation processes frequentIy occur.