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Chapter 10  Pragmatics  
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Pragmatics Pragmatics:  the study of intended meaning – (Study of Social Language)  -when there is something more to or something  different from the literal meaning is conveyed,  and we explain those situations using  pragmatics.
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Pragmatics The study of the use of social language (speaker’s intent) Its not only important that children/adults learn to  have to learn how to  USE LANGUAGE  in a variety of  social settings Pragmatics is an important aspect of language for both  children and adults. -it involves both verbal & non-verbal communication
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Invisible meaning Pragmatics tends to focus on what Yule calls  “invisible” meaning – how we recognize what is  meant even when it isn’t actually said or written. Assumptions and expectations, writers/readers are an important aspect of  pragmatics.
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Invisible meaning You might see this sign  in a city like New York or  Chicago.   You would know that it  means heated parking  garage and not heated  attendants.
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Are they selling babies? The meaning is that this store is having a sale on  baby clothes, not that it is selling babies 
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Situational Context encounter messages influences our interpretation  of those messages.
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Situational Context
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“what, did I say something wrong?”
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Context We rely on linguistic context to figure out the  meaning when there is less situational and  physical context. Linguistic context is also known as co-text. Co-text: the other words used in phrases or  sentences that help determine the meaning of the  word in a question.
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Context “I’m going to the bank.” This sentence is ambiguous…. . “bank” has multiple meanings….
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Context But,…. I’m going to the bank to deposit my check   or I’m going to the bank to fish.
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Words that cannot be interpreted at all unless  the physical context, especially the physical  context of the speaker is known.
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This note was uploaded on 03/21/2012 for the course BLAW 1000 taught by Professor Stuff during the Spring '12 term at LSU.

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JB-2050_Ch_10 - Chapter 10 Pragmatics...

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