from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The study of language as it is used in a social context, including its effect on the interlocutors.
- n. The branch of semiotics that deals with the relationship between signs, especially words and other elements of language, and their users.
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- n. The study of the use of language in a social context.
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- n. the study of language use
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The valuation of pragmatics is an aesthetic valuation.
We can attribute to the Laozi the next development in Chinese pragmatics of language, how language shapes action.
With potentially sensitive words, everything depends on the phonology and the pragmatics - in other words, how they're said and what the intentions are.
My students are always interested in lessons which deal with what linguists call pragmatics â€ all those things about using a foreign language which go beyond grammar and vocabulary, and have more to do with nuance of meaning, casualness vs. formality, manners, inference, etc.
… Considered from the standpoint of their "pragmatics," they are the record of a long and tentative exercise that needed to be revised and corrected again and again.
Kaplan does not call what he is doing "pragmatics" but the semantics of indexicals and demonstratives.
Language is more than words – it’s also pragmatics, which is the cultural context in which our speech acts are framed.
To the "pragmatics" Haiti's problems have always been it's population and poverty.
Is it any wonder we should be afraid of these people who vote party before common sense, pragmatics and evidence-based decision making? george wheeldon
It would be better if law professors were more familiar with the basics of semantics and pragmatics.
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