On the Representation of Context

  title={On the Representation of Context},
  author={Robert Stalnaker},
  journal={Journal of Logic, Language and Information},
  • Robert Stalnaker
  • Published 15 August 1996
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of Logic, Language and Information
This paper revisits some foundational questions concerning the abstract representation of a discourse context. The context of a conversation is represented by a body of information that is presumed to be shared by the participants in the conversation – the information that the speaker presupposes a point at which a speech act is interpreted. This notion is designed to represent both the information on which context-dependent speech acts depend, and the situation that speech acts are designed to… 
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