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From the Floutings of the Cooperative Principle to Communicative Competence and to the Function of Context in Conversation by It is for a long time that linguists have set great store by the effectiveness of linguistic communication through the oral channel that is to say our daily conversation On account of the fact that these scholars regard linguistics or to be more specific here pragmatics as a discipline stricter or more logical than any other one in social sciences or humanities a strong impulse to generalize certain universal principles out of a huge variety of complex phenomena of our oral communication emerged and has been exuberantly growing Hence the theory of the Cooperative Principle As early as the 1960s Grice has already propounded in Harvard his Cooperative Principle with the definition as such Make your conversational contribution such as required at the stage at which it occurs by the accepted purpose or direction of the talk exchange in which you are engaged He further worked four maxims in support of the principle by making it more concrete 1The Maxim of Quality try to make your contribution one that is true or one that has adequate evidence to testify to its very truth 2 The Maxim of Quantity try to say as much and just as much as necessary in your contribution 3 The Maxim of Relevance try to make your contribution relevant 4 The Maxim of Manner try to make your conversation specific perspicuous concise and orderly According to grices theoretical system if one wants to make the conversation smooth or effective in conveying or understanding information such principle and maxims are expected to be observed either intentionally or unintentionally by each participant involved In sum the Cooperative Principle is the prescriptive guidance to direct peoples conversation The Introduction of the Paradox to the Principle It can be suggested that the view discussed above beautifully pictures a paradisiacal dream of
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