Co-operation in Spoken Discourse

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Co-operation in Spoken Discourse- Grice's Maxims


  • Recognise that speakers co-operate in conversation
  • Recognise how speakers follow Grice's Maxims in conversation to maintain co-operation


  • Paul Grice, a linguist stated that speakers adhere to four maxims (rule) in order to maintain co-operation in conversation.
  • When speakers adhere to Grice's Maxims they are being co-operative.
  • Observing Grice's Maxims is the way to show politeness in conversation
  • The maxims are often broken leading to implied meanings


  • Quantity- Do not say too little or too much for example


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