Multiple Goals in Discourse: An Overview of Issues Journal Article uri icon



  • Understanding communicative action requires bridging two worlds: the world of social actors with the purposes, concerns, and 'goals' that motivate their actions, and the world of discourse in which everyday actors' goals are expressed and inferred. This paper overviews two distinct approaches to building that bridge, discourse studies and communicative goal studies, highlighting the strengths and limitations of each approach. In addition, we overview each of the papers in the volume showing how each contributes to and extends one approach while raising challenges to the other.

publication date

  • March 1, 1990

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • August 4, 2014 12:31 PM

Full Author List

  • Tracy K; Coupland N

author count

  • 2

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0261-927X

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-6526

Additional Document Info

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  • 1

end page

  • 13


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