In the present study, I investigate explanation in social inter-actions and propose that explanation has a twofold nature: synchronic and diachronic. Initially, explanation develops in cycles that are completed during the speech event through the dialogic construction and linguistic mediation of the interactants (i.e., synchronic nature). Subsequently, each interactant stores the effects of explanation (i.e., diachronic nature) in accordance with his/her prior experiences with the specific/related portion of knowledge at task to obtain expanded epistemology. The synchronic nature of explanation is: (1) observable; (2) interactant sensitive; (3) time/place constrained; (4) cyclically accomplished; (5) close ended, and (6) boundary marked. The diachronic nature of explanation, on the contrary, is: (1) abstract; (2) interactant specific; (3) time/place free; (4) spirally stored; (5) open ended, and (6) boundary free.

“The synchronic and diachronic nature of explanation”

LANDOLFI, Liliana
1992

Abstract

In the present study, I investigate explanation in social inter-actions and propose that explanation has a twofold nature: synchronic and diachronic. Initially, explanation develops in cycles that are completed during the speech event through the dialogic construction and linguistic mediation of the interactants (i.e., synchronic nature). Subsequently, each interactant stores the effects of explanation (i.e., diachronic nature) in accordance with his/her prior experiences with the specific/related portion of knowledge at task to obtain expanded epistemology. The synchronic nature of explanation is: (1) observable; (2) interactant sensitive; (3) time/place constrained; (4) cyclically accomplished; (5) close ended, and (6) boundary marked. The diachronic nature of explanation, on the contrary, is: (1) abstract; (2) interactant specific; (3) time/place free; (4) spirally stored; (5) open ended, and (6) boundary free.
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