© 1974

Pragmatic Aspects of Human Communication

  • Colin Cherry

Part of the Theory and Decision Library book series (TDLU, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. John C. Marshall, Roger J. Wales
    Pages 1-13
  3. Dennis Dicks
    Pages 27-50
  4. Aaron V. Cicourel
    Pages 51-82
  5. Kenneth I. Forster
    Pages 115-143
  6. J. Marschak
    Pages 145-178
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 179-179

About this book


'Human Communication' is a field of interest of enormous breadth, being one which has concerned students of many different disciplines. It spans the imagined 'gap' between the 'arts' and the 'sciences', but it forms no unified academic subject. There is no commonly accepted terminology to cover aU aspects. The eight articles comprising this book have been chosen to illustrate something of the diversity yet, at the same time, to be comprehensible to readers from different academic disciplines. They cannot pretend to cover the whole field! Some attempt has been made to present them in an order which represents a continuity of theme, though this is merely an opinion. Most publications of this type form the proceedings of some sympo­ sium, or conference. In this case, however, there has been no such unifying influence, no collaboration, no discussions. The authors have been drawn from a number of different countries. The first article, by John Marshall and Roger Wales (Great Britain) concerns the pragmatic values of communication, starting by considering bird-song and passing to the infinitely more complex 'meaningful' values of human language and pictures. The 'pragmatic aspect' means the usefulness - what does language or bird song do for humans and birds? What adaptation or survival values does it have? These questions are then considered in relation to brain specialisation for representation of experience and cognition.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Colin Cherry
    • 1
  1. 1.Imperial College of Science and TechnologyLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Pragmatic Aspects of Human Communication
  • Editors H.B. Cherry
  • Series Title Theory and Decision Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1974
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-0432-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-277-0520-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-010-2180-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 179
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Methodology of the Social Sciences
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