Lesson 1: Terms and Scope


1. Which of the following represents the best description of pragmatics?

2. What guides pragmatic behavior?

3. What are speech acts?

4. What is a face-threatening act?

Clear Answers


Think about a situation you may have encountered in learning another language in which you either made a mistake that caused a misunderstanding of intentions (or in which the native speaker caused you to misunderstand his/her intentions). Was it due to a lack of grammar/vocabulary, mispronunciation, or an error in speech act? Did it cause a threat to someone's face? How was the situation resolved?