Local and global structuring of computer mediated communication: developing linguistic perspectives on CSCW in cosmos

  title={Local and global structuring of computer mediated communication: developing linguistic perspectives on CSCW in cosmos},
  author={John Bowers and John Churcher},
  booktitle={Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work},
This paper is concerned with the development of a language/action perspective in the Cosmos project. We emphasize the importance of seeing cooperative work in terms of participants' communicative actions. In contrast to some explorations of speech act theory, we argue that communicative actions should be seen as essentially embedded in dialogical contexts. In particular, we attempt to show the relevance of concepts derived from the analysis of actually occurring conversations, for computer… 

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