have not examined relational pragmatics.
We seem to be left with two related, but competing implicit definitions of the conversational episode. One is a topical/structural definition that may be derived from the discussion above: A conversational episode is the structural elaboration of a main topic across two or more successive segments of subtopics. The other definition is more functional: A conversational episode is the coordinated achievement of a functional main goal through successive segments involving subsidiary goals. In searching for a technical definition of the conversational episode, the best answer might be "All of the above."
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Publication information: Book title: Uses of 'Structure' in Communication Studies. Contributors: Richard L. Conville - Editor. Publisher: Praeger Publishers. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1994. Page number: 184.
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