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date: 18 February 2020

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The concept of context has undergone some fundamental rethinking in the scientific community, where it is no longer seen as an analytic prime. Rather than being looked upon as an external constraint on linguistic performance, context is analysed as a product of language use, as interactionally construed, co-constructed, and negotiated, and as imported and invoked. Context is also considered as a psychological construct, and as a set of antecedent premises, which are required for a communicative act to be felicitous. Context is further conceptualized along the distinction between context as type and context as token, differentiating between more generalized and more particularized variants, and context is conceived of as dynamic and relational, more or less (un)bounded, subjective and individual, and social and institutional.

Keywords: context, contextualization, interactional achievement, parts–whole configuration, relational construct, dynamic construct, intentionality

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