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Social Cognition and Discourse
Social cognition and discourse
Susan CondorCharles Antaki
What is Meant by ‘Social Cognition’?

Social psychologists have long had an interest in language, and any watcher of the current social psychological scene will notice that what dominates is work on what is called social cognition. But, as two highly knowledgeable commentators point out, there is surprisingly little exploration of the relationship between language and social cognition (Semin and Fiedler, 1991). In this chapter we aim to do that exploration. Against the background of the study of discourse that this handbook provides, we want to give the beginning reader a sense of what the study of social cognition can contribute to the understanding of language in use. But we mean to do a bit more than ...

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