Establishing common ground to achieve therapeutic goals

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Healthcare professionals can normally assume that their patients are rational people and approach verbal interaction with the patient as they would with any fellow human being. Common ground is context shared between S (speaker, writer, signer) and H (audience) where S utters U (utterance), evoking context C1 (the ‘world and time spoken of’) so as to bring about in C3 (the ‘situation of interpretation’ from H’s point of view) H’s understanding U in terms of the relevant beliefs that S holds or purports to hold uttering U, i.e. speaking of C1 in C2 (the ‘world and time spoken in’ or situation of utterance from S’s point of view).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Pragmatic Agenda for Healthcare
Subtitle of host publicationFostering inclusion and active participation through shared understanding
EditorsSarah Bigi, Maria Grazia Rossi
Place of PublicationAmsterdam The Netherlands
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9789027249371
ISBN (Print)9789027214270
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NamePragmatics and Beyond New Series
ISSN (Print)0922-842X


  • common ground
  • common knowledge
  • contextualization
  • shared understanding

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