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Conversational Stratagems

Conversational Stratagems

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1THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGOCONVERSATIONAL STRATAGEMS A STUDY IN THE PRAGMATICS OF LANGUAGE A DISSERTATION SUBMITTED TOTHE FACULTY OF THE DIVISION OF THE HUMANITIESIN CANDIDACY FOR THE DEGREE OFDOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHYDEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICSBY ANN WEISERCHICAGO, ILLINOISDECEMBER, 1975
 
2The primary motive for communication is love.--Clover Carroll
 
3 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS"There is no work of science which is created by only one person."– Brecht's GalileoIt is a pleasure to be able to thank some of the people whohelped make this dissertation possible, even though I realize I won't be able to thank all of them, or adequately convey my debtto those I do thank.First must be Professor Jerrold M. Sadock. It was for acourse of Jerry's over three years ago that I wrote the paper, which eventually led, by a tortuous route, to this dissertation,and he has been my mentor at every stage of the process. His clearand rigorous thinking has always been a model and an inspirationto me, and his suggestions and encouragement have been invaluable.Second, I am happy to acknowledge the help of the other two members of my dissertation committee, Professors James D. McCawleyand Kostas Kazazis. Besides giving me the benefit of theirencouragement and expertise, they both helped by giving me asurprising number of anecdotes and strategic intuitions, and theyeach deserve the title of Master Strategist.Of the many other teachers who have been important to me onthe road leading to this day, I would like to mention especiallyProfessor Victor H. Yngve, who guided me to much of the readingthat has been important to this dissertation, and ProfessorBeatrice Hall of SUNY at Stony Brook, one of the best teachers Ihave ever known, who was convinced I would make a good linguistlong before I was [ambiguity deliberate].I have benefitted from discussions with other linguists andinterested parties, some of whom are George Lakoff, Don Forman,Kenneth Rocke, Anthony Bruck, and Anthony Woodbury. Of course noneof them, or anyone but myself, is responsible for my mistakes.For needed financial support during most of the time thisdissertation was in preparation, I would like to thank theNational Science Foundation and the University of Chicago. At this point I had intended to list the dear friends without whose love and emotional support I would be nowhere, who listenedpatiently for hours to strange theories about conversation, and who appear pseudonymously in most of the anecdotes in these pages.But the list became too long, and the chance that I might leavesomeone out was not worth taking. Anyway, you know who you are. Ilove you.For typing this dissertation so beautifully, I would like tothank my friend Mrs. Verva Rocke, who also typed my father'sdissertation at the University of Chicago twenty years ago. And, finally, Mark, with whom a stratagem has never beennecessary. Ann WeiserPurdue UniversityOctober, 1975

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