which one gives something a definite character. Even a command is given about something; a wish is about something. And so is intercession. What the discourse is about is a structural item that it necessarily possesses; for discourse helps to constitute the disclosedness of Being-in-the-world, and in its own structure it is modelled upon this basic state of Dasein. What is talked about [das Beredete] in talk is always 'talked to' ["angeredet"] in a definite regard and within certain limits. In any talk or discourse, there is something said-in-the-talk as such [ein Geredetes as solches]—something said as such [das ... Gesagte als solches] whenever one wishes, asks, or expresses oneself about something. In this "something said", discourse communicates.
As we have already indicated in our analysis of assertion,1 the phenomenon of communication must be understood in a sense which is ontologically broad. 'Communication' in which one makes assertions—giving information, for instance—is a special case of that communication which is grasped in principle existentially. In this more general kind of communication, the Articulation of Being with one another understandingly is constituted. Through it a co-state-of-mind [Mitbefindlichkeit] gets 'shared', and so does the understanding of Being-with. Communication is never anything like a conveying of experiences, such as opinions or wishes, from the interior of one subject into the interior of another. Dasein-with is already essentially manifest in a co-state-of-mind and a co-understanding. In discourse Being-with becomes 'explicitly' shared; that is to say, it is already, but it is unshared as something that has not been taken hold of and appropriated.2
Whenever something is communicated in what is said-in-the-talk, all talk about anything has at the same time the character of expressing itself [Sichauss prechens]. In talking, Dasein expresses itself [spricht sich ... aus] not because it has, in the first instance, been encapsulated as something 'internal' over against something outside, but because as Being-in-the-world it is already 'outside' when it understands. What is expressed is precisely this Being-outside-that is to say, the way in which one currently has a state-of-mind (mood), which we have shown to pertain to the full disclosedness of Being-in. Being-in and its state-of-mind are made known in discourse and indicated in language by intonation, modulation, the tempo of talk, 'the way of speaking'. In 'poetical' discourse, the communication of the existential possibilities of one's state-of-mind can become an aim in itself, and this amounts to a disclosing of existence.
1 Reading '... bei der Analyse der Aussage ...' with the older editions. The words 'der Aussage' have been omitted in the newer editions.
2 'Das Mitsein wird in der Rede "ausdrücklich" geuilt, das heisst es ist schon, nur ungeteilt als nicht ergriff enes und zugeeignetes.'