What is Pragmatics?

... this question will be answered in the following interview between Prof. Dr. Alexander Bergs and Verena Barbosa Duarte (Osnabrück University)
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The interpretation of linguistic meaning in context


“Pragmatics studies the factors that govern our choice of language in social interaction and the effects of our choice on others.”
David Crystal

In contrast to Phonetics and Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, and Semantics, which describe different levels of language structure, Pragmatics deals with language use. It is still a fairly young discipline in linguistics, and is thus defined in a variety of ways. However, Pragmatics is mostly used in connection with the relationship between linguistic signs and their users (as depicted in the cartoon above). It investigates how context (both situational and linguistic contexts) affects the meaning of utterances.

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