Pragmatic Development

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  • Pragmatics is a branch of linguistics concerned with speech use, to be distinguished from syntax and semantics that deal, respectively, with the form and meaning of sentences. Its major domain of inquiry is context-bounded language use. Studies of pragmatic development are wider in their definition of pragmatics, including all communicative uses of language in social situations; their concern is with how children acquire the knowledge necessary for the appropriate, effective, rule-governed employment of speech in interpersonal situations. Children need to learn how to use language in such a way that one's own communicative goals are achieved without giving offense or causing misunderstanding. Studies of pragmatic development address questions regarding the age of onset of particular skills, the processes by which these skills are acquired, the ...

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