The modeling of conversation between humans and computers is often regarded as a sub-discipline of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). But conversation is also a form of discourse with linguistic roots in a discipline known as pragmatics. Pragmatics aims to understand communicative behavior in context: that is, how cognitive, linguistic, social, and cultural contexts may contribute to meaning. This blog is dedicated towards pragmatics understanding when communication is mediated through graphical user interfaces.

Lisa D. Harper studied at Georgetown University both in the MS program in Theoretical Linguistics and PhD program in Computational Linguistics. She also has a Doctor of Science in Information and Interaction Design from the University of Baltimore and teaches there as an Adjunct Professor.