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Query:   Semantic Meaning vs. Pragmatic Meaning
Author:  Arash Golzari
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Pragmatics

Summary:   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.

LL Issue: 18.1513
Date Posted: 17-May-2007
Original Query: Read original query


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