Towards a Definition of Communication Context. Foundations of an Interdisciplinary Approach to Communication

Eddo Rigotti, Andrea Rocci

Abstract


The paper addresses the notion of communication context as a key for understanding communication sciences as an interdisciplinary field of inquiry. A semantic analysis of the word context allows us to grasp the double relationship between the context and the contextualized: the context sets the constitutive conditions of the contextualised and at the same time the context is affected (changed) by the contextualized. From the language sciences it emerges a twofold view of communication context as having both an interpretive and a constitutive dimension. 


Keywords


context; communication (interdisciplinary approach to); interpretive context; constitutive context; semantic analysis; pragmatics; speech acts; interpersonal context; intitutional context; linguistics

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