The paper explores the conceptual background of dialogue viewed as a compound conceptual space associated with the participants’ cognitive contexts as the main sources of its intertextuality. The groups of conversational concepts have been identified, including categorical identity concepts, operative identity concepts, interactive concepts, concepts-ideas, a genre concept, and social-semiotic concepts. The types of cognitive contexts “supplying” the concepts to the dialogue’s conceptual space have been established. The article also investigates the regular correspondences between the dialogue’s formal and pragmatic properties and its conceptual structure.
Keywords: dialogue; conceptual space; cognitive contexts; concepts; intertextuality.