Definitions for pragmaticsprægˈmæt ɪks

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

prag•mat•icsprægˈmæt ɪks(n.)

  1. (used with a pl. v.) practical considerations.

  2. (used with a sing. v.) a branch of semiotics dealing with the causal and other relations between words, expressions, or symbols and their users.

    Category: Philosphy

  3. (used with a sing. v.) a branch of linguistics dealing with language in its situational context, including the knowledge and beliefs of the speaker and the relationship and interaction between speaker and listener.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pragmatics(noun)

    the study of language use


  1. pragmatics(Noun)

    The study of the use of language in a social context.


  1. Pragmatics

    Pragmatics is a subfield of linguistics which studies the ways in which context contributes to meaning. Pragmatics encompasses speech act theory, conversational implicature, talk in interaction and other approaches to language behavior in philosophy, sociology, linguistics and anthropology. Unlike semantics, which examines meaning that is conventional or "coded" in a given language, pragmatics studies how the transmission of meaning depends not only on structural and linguistic knowledge of the speaker and listener, but also on the context of the utterance, any pre-existing knowledge about those involved, the inferred intent of the speaker, and other factors. In this respect, pragmatics explains how language users are able to overcome apparent ambiguity, since meaning relies on the manner, place, time etc. of an utterance. The ability to understand another speaker's intended meaning is called pragmatic competence.


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