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Theoria. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia

Volume 15, Issue 3, Septiembre 2000

Petr Kotatko
Pages 421-433

Mutual Beliefs and Communicative Success

The paper explores the notion of communicative success as a match between the speaker's communicative intention and the audience's interpretation. The first part argues that it cannot be generalized to all kinds of communication. The second part characterizes various types of relations between the speaker's and the audience's beliefs on which this kind of communicative success can be based. It shows that the requirements concerning agreement between these beliefs are rather modest.

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