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This front matter section of the book Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics Meets Cognition contains the table of contents and acknowledgements. This is followed by the Preface. The book is an attempt to give a comprehensive account of the coordination problem for language. It offers an explanation of the fact that human verbal communication normally leads to coordination on meaning and that it does so effortlessly and in very little time. In functioning verbal communication, a speaker intends to achieve some effect on the hearer, chooses and articulates an utterance with the aim to achieve that effect for the benefit of a hearer who interprets it. The hearer's interpretation contains a hypothesis about what the speaker wanted to achieve, and communication succeeds if the hearer's hypothesis matches what the speaker intended.

Keywords: hearer; language; linguistics; speaker; verbal communication



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