How do you communicate context?

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How do you communicate context?

Post by Philosophy Explorer » Wed Dec 09, 2015 7:49 pm

Context is needed to give full meaning to words. For example, are emoticons effective at communicating context?

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Re: How do you communicate context?

Post by wtf » Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:09 am

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Re: How do you communicate context?

Post by Blueswing » Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:57 am

An emoticon is not a word. The reason words require a context is that the word itself has no systematic connection with what it refers to. So for example the sound "fish" or the typewritten word "fish" don't resemble a fish. But the smiling emoticon does resemble a smiling face.

Words don't have a "full" meaning, but that's a different subject.

In the case of words (rather than emoticons) I'm not sure you do communicate context. Your listeners or readers have to see your words against the background of the context. It is there in front of them (or to put it another way, it's in their minds) you don't need to communicate it.

What are your thoughts?

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Re: How do you communicate context?

Post by SpheresOfBalance » Thu Dec 10, 2015 1:23 am

Philosophy Explorer wrote:Context is needed to give full meaning to words. For example, are emoticons effective at communicating context?

PhilX
While emoticons are supposed to express emotions, a full understanding of the causals of those emotions or other reflections on those emotions require additional dialog, sure! such that there is a difference between:

Today I got my wisdom teeth pulled :)
and
Today I got my wisdom teeth pulled :cry:

In each example they provide context as to ones emotions relative to the event, but other words might be required to further understand the fullest meaning one might be trying to convey.

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Re: How do you communicate context?

Post by marjoram_blues » Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:13 am

Blueswing wrote:An emoticon is not a word. The reason words require a context is that the word itself has no systematic connection with what it refers to. So for example the sound "fish" or the typewritten word "fish" don't resemble a fish. But the smiling emoticon does resemble a smiling face.

Words don't have a "full" meaning, but that's a different subject.

In the case of words (rather than emoticons) I'm not sure you do communicate context. Your listeners or readers have to see your words against the background of the context. It is there in front of them (or to put it another way, it's in their minds) you don't need to communicate it.

What are your thoughts?
An emoticon is an non-verbal expression. As such, it can either hinder or help understanding between participating parties. That is the important 'Why' of Context. Communication is a process; full understanding of meaning sometimes needs a whole lot of work involving questions and responses.
Why do you think that it is a different subject when you say 'words don't have a 'full' meaning?

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Re: How do you communicate context?

Post by marjoram_blues » Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:19 am

SpheresOfBalance wrote:
Philosophy Explorer wrote:Context is needed to give full meaning to words. For example, are emoticons effective at communicating context?

PhilX
While emoticons are supposed to express emotions, a full understanding of the causals of those emotions or other reflections on those emotions require additional dialog, sure! such that there is a difference between:

Today I got my wisdom teeth pulled :)
and
Today I got my wisdom teeth pulled :cry:

In each example they provide context as to ones emotions relative to the event, but other words might be required to further understand the fullest meaning one might be trying to convey.
I think this is a great response :)
Today I got my wisdom teeth pulled, afterwards I felt no more pain :D so, I'm off to sunny Spain 8)
Today I got my wisdom teeth pulled, and it hurt like mad :( There is no way I'm going to that b*****d of a vet again :evil:

Some purists might poo-poo emoticon use; not taking anyone who relies on them to communicate emotion very seriously...at all.
Now and again, they are useful in online messages to convey intent - no harm, just kidding :wink:

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Re: How do you communicate context?

Post by Hobbes' Choice » Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:34 pm

Philosophy Explorer wrote:Context is needed to give full meaning to words. For example, are emoticons effective at communicating context?

PhilX
The way you communicate context depends on the context.

If all you do is start a one line thread and run, you have not communicated any context and shown a woeful lack of intelligence.

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Re: How do you communicate context?

Post by Philosophy Explorer » Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:37 pm

Hobbes' Choice wrote:
Philosophy Explorer wrote:Context is needed to give full meaning to words. For example, are emoticons effective at communicating context?

PhilX
The way you communicate context depends on the context.

If all you do is start a one line thread and run, you have not communicated any context and shown a woeful lack of intelligence.
In your opinion.

PhilX

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Re: How do you communicate context?

Post by Hobbes' Choice » Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:38 pm

Philosophy Explorer wrote:
Hobbes' Choice wrote:
Philosophy Explorer wrote:Context is needed to give full meaning to words. For example, are emoticons effective at communicating context?

PhilX
The way you communicate context depends on the context.

If all you do is start a one line thread and run, you have not communicated any context and shown a woeful lack of intelligence.
In your opinion.

PhilX
Duh, yeah.

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Re: How do you communicate context?

Post by Skip » Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:26 pm

wazoo :oops:
crocodile :twisted:
chalice :shock:

Nope.
You don't communicate the context of a word; you communicate by using words in context. Preferably the words that actually mean what you think they mean in sentences that provide accurate and appropriate context.

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Re: How do you communicate context?

Post by Necromancer » Fri Dec 11, 2015 6:38 pm

One good solution is to add more description, more words, but also precisely so.

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