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Theoria. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia

Volume 1, Issue 2, 1985

Eduardo Bustos
Pages 461-479

EI ámbito de la pragmática

Pragmatics is the theory of conversation; more specifically, pragmatics is the discipline that studies linguistic rationality. This concept has to be interpreted as the instrumental coherence between communicative goals and means. Therefore, pragmatics is essentially about the relations of relevance between utterances and contexts, understanding these as sets of beliefs held by the speaker and eventually shared by the hearer, and not as the set of objective features surrounding communicative interaction.