This is the eighth in a series of notes to fifteen lectures for my class Communication and Culture.
I think of the work of Sacks and Goodwin (and of Goffman earlier, as well as the more technical work of Sheflen) as exploring empirically and with more and more rigor what was most powerful in G.H. Mead's intuitions about "meaning" being related to the response of the other to an act crafted towards this other, within a social (cultured) field controlled by third parties.
Duranti and the evolution of the interest in the pragmatics of language, conversation through a focus on direct observation of what can happen when language is actually used.
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