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4 March 2014, Logic Tea, Julian Kiverstein

Speaker: Julian Kiverstein
Title: Coordination and Common Ground
Date: Tuesday 4 March 2014
Time: 17:00-18:00
Location: Room F1.15, Science Park 107, Amsterdam

Abstract

Common ground is often conceptualized in terms of background knowledge and presuppositions that is relied upon in conversations. In this talk I will discuss some work that I'm currently doing with researchers at Aarhus university in which we argue for a broadening of this concept of common ground to shared understanding of a context of activity. We argue for conversation as a type of joint action (following Herbert Clark) and we explore how common ground can be brought about through the dynamics of coordination in joint action. Language turns out to play a central role in achieving common ground insofar as language is, as David Lewis argued, a tool for coordination.

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