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Russell S. Tomlin, Linda Forrest, Ming Ming Pu & Myung Hee Kim

In: Discourse as Structure and Process: Discourse Studies: A Multidisciplinary Introduction

Chapter 3: Discourse Semantics

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Discourse Semantics
Discourse semantics
Russell S.TomlinLindaForrestMing MingPuMyung HeeKim
The Problem of Meaning

It is remarkable how well, how routinely, we communicate with one another. Whether we relate the common and trivial events of our day-today lives or argue passionately for our ideologies; whether we read a simple newspaper account of a world event or an academic paper on the intricacies of human language; whether we compose a simple thank-you note or a legal brief, our problems remain the same: how can we ensure that our comprehender gets the message we intend, and how do we derive the message intended from what we hear or read? Our problems as linguists also remain the same: for the comprehender, whether listening or reading, we must describe and account for how meaning ...

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