Understanding utterances : The need for pragmatic competence / Kamisah Ariffin

Ariffin, Kamisah (2004) Understanding utterances : The need for pragmatic competence / Kamisah Ariffin. Gading Business and Management Journal, 8 (2). pp. 13-25. ISSN 2600-7568


The colossal time spent on learning grammatical rules of a language may still not make a learner proficient in that language. The sociolinguistics perspectives have moved to the notion that there is more to learning a language than learning about rules and grammar. Since the use of a language is seen as a social activity, the concept of ‘communicative competence’, that is, knowing what to say, to whom, and how to say it appropriately was seen as an important element of teaching a language (Hymes 1965; Saville-Troike 1985). However, this concept is enormously complex. Before a speaker should know what to say and to whom in an appropriate way, s/he needs another competence, i.e pragmatic competence, to understand the meaning of utterances in context. This is because the divergent of what is said and what is implied have made communication difficult with many opportunities for mistakes and understanding to occur. This paper addresses the need of pragmatic competence to be taught along the other language skills.


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Ariffin, Kamisah
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > Language and education
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > Communication. Mass media > Oral communication. Speech
P Language and Literature > PE English language
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Pahang > Jengka Campus
Journal or Publication Title: Gading Business and Management Journal
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > Gading Journal for the Social Sciences (GADINGSS)
ISSN: 2600-7568
Volume: 8
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 13-25
Keywords: Pragmatic competence, Utterance, Pedagogical implication
Date: December 2004
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/31542
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