The Role of Situation, Context and Common Ground in Speech Acts
Brian Nolan [+]
Technological University Dublin (retired)
In chapter 2, The role of situation, common ground and context in speech acts, we discuss context, common ground, and the situation of utterance of the speech act. A speech act within a dialogue is part of a collective behaviour that evolves within the context of a social environment and is grounded in the situation of the utterance. The interlocutors draw on the associated context, and a shared common ground is established. This chapter examines the questions: What are context and common ground? How do context and common ground relate to the situation of utterance in support of a felicitous speech act?