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A Critical Assessment of Steenbergen’s Discourse Quality Index

Martin King

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[1] “Coherence” refers to the presence of appropriate logical and semantic conventions. For example, in communication interlocutors presuppose they are speaking the same language. “Truthfulness” requires that the utterance conforms to a state of affairs in the objective world. For example, the utterance “Snow is white” is true only on the occasion that snow is white. A claim of truth in communication presupposes this relation between the utterance and the objective world. “Rightness” requires that an utterance accurately express an intersubjectively accepted social norm. “Sincerity” requires that an utterance accurately express the subjective world of the speaker.

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