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pragmatics

Line breaks: prag|mat¦ics
Pronunciation: /praɡˈmatɪks
 
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Definition of pragmatics in English:

plural noun

[usually treated as singular]
The branch of linguistics dealing with language in use and the contexts in which it is used, including such matters as deixis, the taking of turns in conversation, text organization, presupposition, and implicature.
Example sentences
  • Consequently it has provided a testing ground for a number of competing hypotheses concerning the relationship between syntax, semantics, and pragmatics in linguistic theory.
  • It's too bad that (as far as I know) linguists who study syntax, semantics and pragmatics have not been involved in this enterprise to any significant extent.
  • This paper seeks to assess the contributions made by different approaches to interlanguage pragmatics as a subfield of Second Language Acquisition.

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