Dr. Rodica Amel (retired) was a researcher at the Linguistic Institute of Bucharest (1968-1984) and at Tel Aviv University (Department of Philosophy) (1987-1991). In the past 7 years (2004-2010), she has been affiliated to Bucharest University (Department of Foreign Languages), teaching pragmatics, semiotics and Hebrew. Her principal research interests include pragmatics of language (strategy of conversation), semiotics, rhetoric (argumentation), phylosophy of language, and poetics. Among her publications are „Saturation Levels in Dialogue“ (Kodikas, 1989), „Antithetic Reason“ (Manuscrito, 1993), „Relevance and Justification“ (Semiotica, 1994), „Doxastic Dialectic – The Persuasive Truth“ (Revue Roumaine de Linguistique, 1999), „Sign System – Reference Systems“ (Kodikas, 2008) etc. Rodica Amel is member of IASC (International Association for the Study of Controversies).
„Conversation is an autonomous word-world.
In an alternation of utterances, conversation is a spontaneous activity deprived of a precise communicative intent, a fortuitous joining of people in an exchange of speech, or it can be an intentional cooperation, directed towards an abstract goal having a meaningful substance. The complex psychological and intellectual motivation engenders a common world, conscious or not of its own existence.
By trying to stress the idea that conversation is an autonomous universe, we appeal to the concept of conversational complicity. We call the solidarity and the cohesive responsibility that is manifested inside the linguistic interaction a CONVERSATIONAL COMPLICITY. Engaged in weaving their communicative interests, partners commit themselves to reciprocal solidarity. The concept of conversational complicity is used metaphorically, enabling us to perceive the inter-actional solidarity in the form of a co-agency, a multi-level cooperative activity.” (Rodica Amel)