Pragmatics: Definitions and Scope

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Pragmatics is “the investigation into that aspect of meaning which is derived not from the formal properties of words, but from the way in which ______ are used and how they relate to the context in which they are uttered.”

utterances

Pragmatics is “the study of meaning in relation to ______ situations”. The speech situation enables the speaker use language to achieve a particular effect on the mind of the hearer.”

speech

Pragmatics is “the study of those aspects of the relationship between language and context that are relevant to the writing of ______.”

grammars

Leech & Short (1981) - Pragmatics is “the investigation into that aspect of meaning which is derived not from the formal properties of words, but from the way in which ______ are used and how they relate to the context in which they are uttered.”

utterances

Leech (1983) - Pragmatics is “the study of meaning in relation to ______ situations”. The speech situation enables the speaker use language to achieve a particular effect on the mind of the hearer.”

speech

Levinson (1983) – Pragmatics is “the study of those aspects of the relationship between language and context that are relevant to the writing of ______.”

grammars

Pragmatics is “the study of intended speaker ______.”

meaning

Language use focuses on language in actual ______ situations.

speech

Pragmatics analysts seek to explain what communicators actually “do” with ______.

language

Participants in a conversation/discourse situation, their roles, relationship, and identities have some influence on how meanings are ______ and interpreted.

encoded

Interactants do not rely only on their knowledge of the language system when they interpret meaning but also their knowledge of the ______, cultures, conventions or world view.

world

In stressing utterances in communication rather than structural sentences, a pragmatics analyst seeks to explain what communicators actually “do” with ______.

language

Jide seemingly asks two ______: “what’s up.” and “do you have some change on you.”

questions

Mark immediately understands that Jide is not asking a yes or no question, rather a request for money to pay his taxi fare, so he gives an ______ answer.

explanatory

“What’s up” is a form of greeting rather than a ______.

question

Jide right assumed that mark would interpret his “questions” ______.

correctly

Explore the nature, principles, and scope of pragmatics with this quiz. Learn about different definitions of pragmatics according to language scholars like Leech & Short (1981) and deepen your understanding of this aspect of meaning.

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