Pragmatic Competence In Foreign Language

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Pragmatics is most widely used in the studies of foreign language teaching, especially in reference to pragmatic competence as one of the abilities classified by the universal concept of communicative competence.
Indeed, pragmatics is a field of study appeared in the late sixties and early seventies. It is the branch of linguistics concerned with language use, which deals with the form and meaning of sentences respectively. In other words, it is the study of context dependent aspects of meaning, which are systematically abstracted away from in the construction of content or logical form (Horn & Ward, 2006). Hence, pragmatics is usually associated with utterance and speaker meaning. As well, the ability to use language appropriately for comprehend, construct, and convey meaning in the social and cultural circumstances, which requires choose and recognize the forms of utterance in a given context is the pragmatic competence. It is the key to effective communication in a second language (Taguchi, 2009). In other words, it is all about communicating appropriately in context so is the main issue for EFL learners. More recently, pragmatic competence is considered to be “an understanding of the relationship between form and context that enables us, accurately and appropriately, to express and interpret intended meaning” (Murray, 2010, p. 293). The definition of pragmatics competence regarding the importance of analyzing language through negotiation of meaning, provide us with a

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