Definition of pragmatics in English:

pragmatics

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.

    • ‘There's enough fodder for a whole thesis on journalistic pragmatics lurking in those memos.’
    • ‘To analyse language and to define language disorders most linguists divide language into four domains: phonology, grammar, semantics, and pragmatics.’
    • ‘This part ‘represents one of the few attempts, ancient or modern, to elaborate a theory of pragmatics and discourse grammar.’’
    • ‘Literariness was not merely the quality that distinguished poetics from pragmatics, it was the guarantee and promise of linguistic richness, of polysemy.’
    • ‘He focused, so to speak, on the pragmatics of the signifier rather than on the vicissitudes of the signified.’
    • ‘Both are topics in the following discussion of orthography, pronunciation and rhyme, syntactic structure, vocabulary and word-formation, linguistic variety, rhetoric, and pragmatics.’
    • ‘This study has implications for both teaching and testing in interlanguage pragmatics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Semantics is traditionally concerned with the linguistically determined meaning of an expression, pragmatics with the contextually conditioned interpretation of an expression.’
    • ‘His mechanical approach to grammar, fiercely denying pragmatics and therefore the main finding of the humanities in the twentieth century, blocks progress.’
    • ‘Bleached conditionals probably tell us something about the semantics or the pragmatics of conditionals, though I have never been able to put my finger on exactly what.’
    • ‘While it may be free of the constraints of a typical English or communications program, this department is still shaped by the pragmatics of its institutional context.’
    • ‘The extended mechanism turned out to be capable of giving a principled account of lexical blocking, the pragmatics of adjectives, and systematic polysemy.’
    • ‘This paper seeks to assess the contributions made by different approaches to interlanguage pragmatics as a subfield of Second Language Acquisition.’
    • ‘What differs, I submit, is not the semantics, but the pragmatics.’
    • ‘Consequently it has provided a testing ground for a number of competing hypotheses concerning the relationship between syntax, semantics, and pragmatics in linguistic theory.’
    • ‘I was taught that semantics is about meaning as something that sentences have, whereas pragmatics is about meaning as something that people do.’
    • ‘Although some readers would have liked to see additional chapters on discourse and pragmatics, I have kept the same choice of topics.’
    • ‘The theory of evolution is seen as tracing the historical evolvement of those structures or competencies that formal pragmatics describes as universal features of language use.’
    • ‘Recent studies of the pragmatics of politeness have drawn on conversational data.’

Pronunciation

pragmatics

/praɡˈmatɪks/