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The different language games involved in IR for a document-mediating system. A substantial part of the challenges facing LIS. are not so much technical difficulties as socio-linguistic difficulties of making concepts communicate within and across different types of language games. The user has his own language game, but also must handle documents with a language game of their own determined by their authors, ordered by the language game of a classification system, indexed according to the language game of the indexer, and searched for in the language game of the search language. If the user has someone to help, then this problem will be further interpreted through the language game of the mediator (often that of the librarian or documentalist).