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Jane Allemano IATEFL 2013. Writing for the Real World. Pragmatics. Pragmatics?. McCarthy M (1991) Discourse Analysis for language teachers Cambridge: CUP Levinson S C (1983 ) Pragmatics Cambridge: CUP. ‘ The study of how meaning is created in context ’.

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jane allemano iatefl 2013
Jane Allemano

IATEFL 2013

Writing for the Real World

pragmatics
Pragmatics?

McCarthy M (1991) Discourse Analysis for language teachers Cambridge: CUP

Levinson S C (1983) Pragmatics Cambridge: CUP

‘The study of how meaning is created in context’

‘Context dependent rather than context independent’

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‘A branch of linguistics concerned with the use of language in social contexts and the ways in which people produce and comprehend meanings through language’.

Mey J L (2001) Pragmatics: An Introduction, 2nd ed.

Wiley-Blackwell

choices context dependent
Choices – context dependent
  • Physical
  • Social
  • Function
  • Culture
  • time and space
  • status, relationship, shared knowledge
  • persuasion, entertainment, advice
  • convention- e.g. Relevance, organisation
this leads to
This leads to..........
  • Format
  • Register
  • Tone
  • Relevance
  • Level of assumed knowledge
questions for writers to ask themselves
Questions for writers to ask themselves
  • Who is/are my reader(s)?
  • What is my relationship with my reader(s)?
  • Do I know them?
  • How do I feel towards my reader(s)?
  • What do I want my reader(s) to do?
  • Why am I writing this?
  • Am I helping/informing them or asking them to help me?
  • What information do they need?
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