Pragmatics (definition)

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Pragmatics is the scientific study of the meaning of language in use and in context. The topics covered in pragmatics include such information as what information is new and what is old, as well as literal and non-literal uses of language.

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  • Crystal, D. (2008) Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics. 6th Edition. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Matthews, P. H. (1997) The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.