When we communicate with others, we subconsciously (or maybe consciously for some people) think and evaluate what we’re saying for it to make sense and be delivered effectively. Many linguistic theorists and anthropologists have come up with their own reasoning about it and provided some interesting research. Some concepts include language games, activity-type inferences and so forth (which you can hear more about here). There is one that is very well-known in this world and that is Paul Grice’s Maxims.
Paul Grice was a British philosopher of language. He had many interesting theories and concepts but one of the most well-known ones was his maxims. These maxims cover the communication between the speaker and the listener (there could be multiple listeners) and how the speaker effectively provides information to the listener(s). What I’ll be explaining only really covers the basics so that you can get a taste of it and be interested to do your own little bit of research (hopefully!).
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