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Linguistic pragmatics involves the study of the mechanisms and principles that allow individuals to communicate successfully by recognizing the intentions and beliefs motivating linguistic acts, as well as the strategies speakers use to carry out such acts, i.e. the changes they achieve using language (Mey 1993; Green 1996). Levinson (1983) further narrows the scope of linguistic pragmatics by excluding those aspects of language use that are not reflected in the grammar, such as dialectal feature…

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Mustafa Mughazy, “Pragmatics”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 20 April 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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