The History of Pragmatics. 3 stages of development. There are three stages in the development of pragmatics. The 1 st stage occurred in 1930s. The term “Pragmatics” was used at a the 1 st time. It was the branch of Semiology /semiotics= the study of signs. Pragmatics .
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In 1938, Carnap said that pragmatics should focus on relationship between users, words and reference relationship.
The 3rd Stage: in 1977, Jacob L. Mey published the 1st Journal of Pragmatics in Holland.
The European school had a wider focus. It focused on macro-pragmatics scope like conversational analysis, cultural anthropology, social linguistics and psycholinguistics in the process of communication.