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People have the ability to situate a message in context. This kind of contextualization is the ability to interpret or form representations of texts or other forms of communication in a rich, socially perceptive fashion that takes into account the motivations, perspectives, and attitudes of author, intended audience, and individuals referenced in the text.

This ability draws inferences from general models of human interaction, but is sensitive to all the specifics of context, including social/cultural/historical situations and differences. Contextualization supports the ability to “read between the lines” and thus underlies indirect modes of communication such as irony and sarcasm.

A variety of reflective strategies support contextualization. In particular, note the strategy families outlined in the first column of the table of social reasoning strategies.



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