Volume 6   Number 1     Spring 2012

Taking a Pragmatic Approach to Dialogical Science (Commentary)
Georgia Lepper
University of Kent, United Kingdom
pp. 149-159

ABSTRACT. In this commentary in this special issue on psychotherapy as a dialogical enterprise, I consider the current debates in dialogical science represented in these contributions, and the issues arising from these debates for the ongoing project of applying dialogical methods of analysis to clinical interaction. I then propose a perspective from the discipline of pragmatics which, I suggest, offers a grounded empirical method, with a wide range of findings to draw upon, which could resolve some of the theoretical and practical issues in the contemporary practice of dialogical science. A practical application is offered by way of demonstration.


Keywords: dialogical science; pragmatics; narrative; interaction