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1. A continuum of approaches to <i>dialogue</i>

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Abstract

Following a process of Derridean de-construction, this study reviews fundamental concepts and recent definitions of &#8216;dialogue&#8217;, which posit a simple polarity between micro and macro perspectives. Both are mutually rejected by proponents of opposing approaches as being &#8216;restricted&#8217;, &#8216;dispersive&#8217; and &#8216;diffuse&#8217;. Instead, after reviewing proposals from Bakhtin, Benveniste, Halliday, Linell and Weigand, a continuum of epistemological functions is proposed, specifying different approaches to studies of dialogue. &#8216;Dialogue&#8217; is then defined by its complexity and its mutual relationship to a multiplicity of relevant contexts. Thus, micro and macro perspectives become equally valid.

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