Peter Grundy Plenary
Formulaic questions, obvious yes or no answer
What is language?
Communication? Answer to the question what is language for?
To communicate what precisely?
Meaning comes from the use of language; what we mean by our words; implications
Particularized understanding. Depending on context.
Type of inferences. Token understanding.
Does your boyfriend know you're here? The question asked if folks from Brighton go to a football match. (joke)
Pg: that's a nice pair
Lady: thank you
Pragmatics: contextual and cognitive effects
Inference and metarepresentation
Our thoughts are more precise than our words
Hedges: I think, probably, really, by the way
The phenomenon of speaking in the wrong language
What we want our learners to achieve?
L1-l2 w/o thought is translation
Meaning and humanistic approaches
Receptive learning vs productive learning
Semantics- what words mean
Thought- unspoken though that we intend to communicate
Pedagogical implications if the two
Breadth, depth and context
Corpora and context
Dictionaries and metalinguistic explanations
E.g. Chinese writing system, the use of classifiers (fire, fo, huo)
Orientation to the properties of the public word
Utterance is an index for thought