Overview

context of situation


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

See also relevance theory.

1. Malinowski coined this phrase in 1923 to refer to the cultural context of use in which an utterance was located; furthermore, ‘the whole way of life’ (cultural context) had to be borne in mind in interpreting an utterance.

2. For Firth, all of the circumstances in which a spoken utterance occurs that are relevant in making sense of it. He emphasized that meaning is context-dependent: see also social situation.

3. For Halliday, extralinguistic circumstances of use that influence the linguistic form of an utterance: not only the social and physical setting, but also such factors as social relationships, the nature of the medium, the task, and the topic. He proposed that there is a systematic relationship between ‘typical’ situations and the types of language employed within them (see also register).

Subjects: Media Studies.


Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.