Member # 163
posted 05. July 2003 14:04
By 'dialogue', I mean a conversation carried on between two parties (by 'party' I mean any coherent entity, whether one person, or a group of people acting as one person).
The experiment I'm proposing is a game of dialogue. What I hope this game will produce is a great increase in understanding, on the part of participants and viewers alike, of the dynamics of dialogue/debate. This greater understanding, I hope, will translate into increased productiveness of any conversation in which the participants in, and viewers of, this game are involved. The following words should give you, the reader, some idea of the principles of this game, the exact rules presented in the following words not necessarily withstanding.
(0) An utterance is offered, either an assertion or a question (if you can think of a third or fourth catagory of utterance, then that would be included, too).
(1) The utterance must be a simple sentence, without extensions such as the one you are now reading.
(2) Once the utterance is made, the party who made it must let the other party respond.
(3) a)The response must be a simple sentence. b)If the utterance is a question, then the response must be what the responding party thinks is a direct answer; If the responding party decides that itself does not understand the question sufficiently to give what it thinks is a direct answer, then the response must be a question, and of such kind which the responding party decides is a direct question to the initial question. c)If the utterance is an assertion, then the responding party can respond with either an assertion or a question; If the response is a question, then it must, in the view of the responding party, be directed at the initial assertion; If the response is an assertion, then it may either be directed at the initial assertion, or may be offered as its own utterance.
[ 05. July 2003, 14:25: Message edited by: Danpech ]