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LINGUIST List 18.1513

Thu May 17 2007

Sum: Semantic Meaning vs. Pragmatic Meaning

Editor for this issue: Kevin Burrows <kevinlinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Arash Golzari, Semantic Meaning vs. Pragmatic Meaning

Message 1: Semantic Meaning vs. Pragmatic Meaning
Date: 15-May-2007
From: Arash Golzari <arashgolzarigmail.com>
Subject: Semantic Meaning vs. Pragmatic Meaning

Query for this summary posted in LINGUIST Issue: 18.1463

Regarding Query: http://linguistlist.org/issues/18/18-1463.html#2

Semantic and pragmatic meanings are closely related to each other. The
semantic meaning of a sentence (or utterance) usually precedes its
pragmatic meaning, however, it is possible for the pragmatic meaning to be
understood and analyzed before the semantic one in some special situations.

On the one hand, we might understand from a person's tone of voice that
they want something, without knowing what it is that they want.

On the other hand, sometimes we understand a person's attitude toward an
idea without even hearing (or reading) the whole sentence.

Thank you for all that replied to this query.

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

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