[SydPhil] Notification: Nick Enfield @ Thu 11 Aug 2016 15:00 - 16:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: Nick Enfield
Nick Enfield (Linguistics)

In his 1979 paper ‘Scorekeeping in a Language Game’, David Lewis suggests  
that a presupposition can be introduced into a conversation simply by  
speaking as if that presupposition already held; thereby, it ‘springs into  
existence’. His example: ‘Even George could win’ introduces the  
presupposition that George is not an objectively strong candidate.  
Crucially, Lewis adds, ‘tacit acquiescence’ is also needed if this strategy  
is to work. The alternative to tacit acquiescence and accommodation of a  
presupposition is to block it with a form of explicit correction or  
challenge. His example: “Whadda ya mean ‘even George’?”. I would like to  
discuss two points that relate to my current research interest in everyday  
accountability. The first is that if conversation is a form of joint  
action, as Margaret Gilbert and many others have suggested, then such  
challenges are evidence of this: they show one participant exercising their  
‘right to rebuke’ the other for a perceived transgression. The second point  
is that we can examine this question empirically, with reference to  
recordings of conversation collected in linguistic field work: I will  
present some cases of the ‘whaddya mean X?’ strategy for consideration in  
light of Lewis’s discussion.

When: Thu 11 Aug 2016 15:00 – 16:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Calendar: Current Projects
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