Category Archives: Language studies

language, linguistics, semiotics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics and many other fields to do with language

Tasks, tests and cognitive demands

Today a mix of cognitive psychology and research in language studies to see how they can apply to what we need to do in real life, whether at school or at work, in exams and tests, or simply in our … Continue reading

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Be polite? OK, but how?

In this post I’m taking the topic of pragmatics further, by looking a bit at what politeness means. How can we understand politeness in a systematic way that enables us to explain why someone is polite or not, and in … Continue reading

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Pragmatics

Follow this blog on my new independent site http://simona-petrescu.name In this post a summary of what pragmatics is: a branch of language studies that sees language in action, or in use, as a social tool to generate and decode meaning. … Continue reading

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Language power, power language

Today about using language power, or about power language. How language is the war theater for power shows, even though power resides outside language, in the social setting. What do power-holders do to show they have power, and how do … Continue reading

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What is semiotics?

We started from ‘The Name of the Rose’, the name of our community on Google+ and (a bit tweaked) of this blog. I mentioned in the brief description on the community that the book plays on semiotics – but what … Continue reading

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