Varieties of Dialogue by Number
Experimental overview by number of perspectives represented
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Left hand column in table below indicates number of perspectives in a meeting.
For example a 6-log is a "dialogue" involving presentation of six perspectives
(possibly by six persons) acting as a single system or pattern. Clicking
there (left-most column) will give a very tentative
explanation of the nature of such a dialogue. In this particular
example, other columns for the 6-log row then indicate different ways in which
a six person interaction might be composed by sub-systems or sub-patterns.
For example the 6-log might effectively be two 3-perspective exchanges
(2x3-log), or three 2-perspective exchanges (3x2-log), or six 1-perspective
exchanges (6x1-log). This table does not cover the additive cases where
a 6 person presentation might, for example, be made up of a 2-perspective interaction
and a 4-perspective interaction. The notion of "patterns of conversation" as
an N-logue is derived from Anthony
patterns of dialogue according to number). See also Varieties
of Dialogue Arenas and Styles, 1992.