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Conversation as Emergent Function

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In this chapter we suggest that the clearest shortcoming in scientific work is the failure to take account of complexity and the emergent functions that derive from it. Specifically we will explain the notion of conversation as one of these functions generated from the interaction of many elements that, in turn, are functions of other emergent interactions. Breaking down the analysis of conversation into elements does not allow us to see how conversation has arisen from interactions with other functions, the environment, etc. For this reason, we have to expand our perspective in order to study it. Unknotting the tangle of underlying interactions is often impossible or at least extremely difficult. A multidisciplinary approach and the convergence of scientific viewpoints can offer avenues for us to develop conceptions more in line with the perspective of complexity.

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  • Complex Adaptive System
  • Social Intelligence
  • Mind Reading
  • Scientific Viewpoint
  • Verbal Aspect

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Martorell, X. (2013). Conversation as Emergent Function. In: Massip-Bonet, À., Bastardas-Boada, A. (eds) Complexity Perspectives on Language, Communication and Society. Understanding Complex Systems. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-32817-6_6

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