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Linguistic Web tool

Hello Everyone! Today I would like to share with you quite an interesting linguistic tool. It is called Reverso. Reverso can be useful to people who are interested in linguistic matters such as: translation, conjugation, spelling, dictionary forms, and usage examples. This tool can be of use to learners of foreign languages who want to …

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Context and Appropriateness

Dear All, One of the key concepts in pragmatics and discourse studies is the context. The importance of context for the analysis of texts is explicated by the fact that context serves the background against which a text unfolds and is read/understood by listeners or readers. Therefore, the meaning of any text depends fully on …

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High- and low-context cultures

Dear All, In this post, I would like to discuss such concepts as “high-context culture” vs “low-context culture”. These concepts were first introduced by anthropologist Edward Twitchell Hall. According to Hall, “[h]igh context transactions feature pre-programmed information that is in the receiver and in the setting, with only minimal information in the transmitted message. Low …

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SFL functional perspective

Central to Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) is a perspective on discourse as a functional act: discourse is a medium to concrete things in the real world. In order to accomplish something effectively, it is necessary to choose a certain register. Register can be defined as “manner of speaking or writing specific to a certain function, …

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SPEAKING model (D. Hymes)

Dear All, Today, I would like to discuss with you famous anthropologist and linguist Dell Hymes’ SPEAKING model (1974). According to Hymes, a speech situation can only be understood if not only linguistic, but also other aspects are taken into consideration, such as: the setting of the communication, its goals, and the information about the …

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