What is Pragmatics?

Pragmatics is using language that is appropriate to the social situation to communicate and socialize.

Practicing pragmatics in the home will support your child's development and understanding of these skills.

Pragmatics involves using language for different reasons, changing language when talking in different places or to different people and maintaining conversation. You can help your child by teaching him or her to:


What is considered good pragmatic skills differ from culture to culture. This handout describes some cultural differences in how people engage in non-verbal communication.




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