pragmatics

[n] - the study of language use
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Pragmatics

The science of communicational motivation, that is to say, of the effects that immediate motive, context, and custom have on discourse. [For further details see the longer entry under the same heading in our Psycholinguistics Glossary.]
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Pragmatics

(Pragmatics (pragmatic)) Pragmatics is the study of 'inferred' meaning. We often say one thing and while we do not exactly mean another thing, we do mean to imply some extra 'force' to be recognised within some of the words we use. This 'force' is called the 'pragmatic force' of an utterance. Pragmatics needs a consideration of the social context ...
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Pragmatics

Study of language use independent of language structures, rules and principles, which relates to the structure of language and its use.
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pragmatics

A branch of semiotics; the theory that deals with the relation between signs and their users, both senders and receivers. ... Origin: G. Pragmatikos, fr. Pragma, thing done ... (05 Mar 2000) ...
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pragmatics

noun the study of language use
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pragmatics

(from the article `semiotics`) Peirce`s seminal work in the field was anchored in pragmatism and logic. He defined a sign as `something which stands to somebody for something,` and ... ...matters, has been called `pragmatic.` In semiotics, the general theory of language, that part which studies the relation of the us...
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pragmatics

pragmatics 1. The branch of linguistics that studies language use rather than language structure. 2. 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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pragmatics

Type: Term Pronunciation: prag-mat′iks Definitions: 1. A branch of semiotics; the theory that deals with the relation between signs and their users, both senders and receivers.
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Pragmatics

The study of the relations between signs and their interpreters in abstraction from relations to their designata or to other signs. A department of Semiotic (q.v.). -- M.B.
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Pragmatics

Pragmatics is a subfield of linguistics and semiotics 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 th...
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pragmatics

the study of how people use language
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