James Paul Gee
Gee, J. P. (2015). Reflections on understanding, alignment, the social mind, and language in interaction. Language and Dialogue, 5(2), 300-311. DOI: 10.1075/ld.5.2.06gee
Publication year: 2015

How we ought to characterize the work that understanding as a public and social process often entails is a major issue for any theory of understanding. Terms like “alignment” are probably part of the picture, but not all of it. And it is important to see how such terms fit with the larger processes of interactional work we engage in to achieve understanding across people, social groups, institutions, and cultures