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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’


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


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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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