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Chapter Eight: Discourse Pragmatics
In the broadest sense, pragmatics is the study of linguistic communication in context: the choices users of language make and the process of meaning-making in social interaction. Language is the chief means by which people communicate, yet simply knowing the words and grammar of a language does not ensure successful communication. Words can mean more – or something other – than what they say. Their interpretation depends on a multiplicity of factors, including familiarity with the context, intonational cues and cultural assumptions. The same phrase may have different meanings on different occasions, and the same intention may be expressed by different linguistic means. Phenomena like these are the concern of pragmatics.
Historically, pragmatics originates in the school of ordinary language ...