Words and language are only practical when used correctly. Your vocabulary can contain every word in the dictionary, but if you do not have a firm understanding of language pragmatics, those words will not do you any good. Language pragmatics is the rules that govern our speech. These rules outline how to get a message across, the context to use, and how to address specific audiences.
It is important that, when speaking in a specific language there are basic rules that every speaker follows. Otherwise, we would not be able to have organized conversations with one another. If a person does not understand language pragmatics, he or she will run the risk of saying things at an inappropriate time, being very rude, or being completely misunderstood.
About language pragmatics
Pragmatics teaches speakers how to use the language to their advantage. This means being able to give directions, ask questions, and tell stories in an affective and well-structured manner, which listeners can easily understand and follow along. This also means changing the ways in which we speak depending on the given situation or audience as well. The manner in which you speak to your friend should be different than how you would address a complete stranger. The way you speak during a private phone call will be different than how you would address a large crowd of people.
When applying language pragmatics to your speech, you are demonstrating that you understand the rules of the communicating. You understand that to have a conversation with another person, you must not interrupt, you take turns speaking, and you listen politely.
People with language disorders often do not apply language pragmatics appropriately, or they need extra help developing these skills. People for which pragmatics are not easily understood, should consider enlisting the help of a speech pathologist in order to better understand and utilize these fundamentals of language.
If you have questions about language pragmatics strategies post stroke and speech pathology contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a speech pathologist. We‘ll provide you with a straightforward, efficient and very effective treatment plan targeted to your concerns.