The pragmatics of ESP

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As I was browsing some search results in Google Scholar, I came across a listing for a paper titled, "Communication and Community: The Pragmatics of ESP."

After reading the title, I asked myself, If you have ESP, why would you need pragmatics?

Then I looked at the title of the journal: English for Specific Purposes.

Oh. That's different. Never mind.

The details:

Widdowson, H. G.
English for Specific Purposes, v17 n1 p3-14 1998
Examines the role of pragmatics in developing communicative competence in English for special purposes (ESP), noting that (1) knowledge of the cultural conventions of different professional discourse communities provides for effective in-group communication and (2) alongside this knowledge, students of ESP should be taught how to use it in the context of the larger communicative community. (MSE)




  1. TIC said,

    May 20, 2018 @ 7:14 am

    I was expecting perhaps a post about the masterful use that palm readers and card readers and other fortune tellers make, in cold readings, of implicature(s)…

  2. richardelguru said,

    May 21, 2018 @ 5:49 am

    Sadly you post takes my mind back to the last millennium and the truth behind Psychic Phenomena:

  3. Bloix said,

    May 21, 2018 @ 11:31 am

    OT but another confusion:
    This is a headline in VOX:

    The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’s long, possibly cursed journey to the big screen, explained.

    Oh, so "Don Quixote" isn't going to make it to the big screen?
    No, "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" IS going to make it to the big screen.

  4. MikeyC said,

    May 29, 2018 @ 11:39 am

    One day, linguists at LL might come across ELF.

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