Based on the painting ‘Tell myself ‘, © Claudia Fernety 2001 (used with permission)

Fictive dialogues . Fictive speech acts . Fictive clauses . Fictive phrases . Fictive lexical items .
Fictive compounds . Fictive…

‘Fictive interaction’ is the use of the conversation frame in order to structure thought, discourse, and language (Pascual 2002, 2006, 2014, Pascual & Sandler eds. 2016). Fictive interaction may partially serve to model: (i) cognition (e.g. talking to oneself), (ii) the conceptualization of experience (e.g. “A good walk is the answer to headache”), (iii) discourse organization (e.g. overt monologues structured as dialogues), and (iv) the language system and its use, at different grammatical levels: (i) the inter-sentence (“Any questions? Call us”); (ii) the sentence (“Why bother?”); (iii) the clause (“They felt, augh!”); (iv) the phrase (“the attitude of yes, I can”); (v) the word (“forget-me-nots”); and in some languages (vi) the morpheme (future tense marker in Aikanã, van der Voort 2016).


"Language exists only in so far as it is actually used – spoken and heard, written and read." (Sapir 1921)


"Language, when it means, is somebody talking to someone else, even when that someone is one’s own inner addressee." (Bakhtin 1981)


"By 'meanings' I understand answers to questions. That which answers no question is meaningless to us." (Bakhtin [1979] 1986).