ERIC Number: ED164393
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Pragmatics: The Social Functions of Language--Implications for the Social Studies.
Turner, Thomas N.
Social studies instruction will improve if educators understand and integrate information gained from pragmatics into social studies curriculum and methods. Pragmatics is an area of linguistic study based on the philosophy of pragmatism which emphasizes social consequences of events and actions. Pragmatics deals particularly with the relationships between words or expressions and the way in which people use them. Review of social studies content and methods reveals a strong reliance on the medium of language. For example, the anthropology curriculum stresses cultural concepts which are closely related to language concepts. Also, career education involves study of the functional uses of language in job interviews and in employee relationships. Social studies classroom teachers will increase student involvement in active learning if they encourage discourse conversation in the classroom. Other activities which encourage understanding of meaning through language include role playing, categorizing and describing imaginary situations, interviewing community members to find about family and local history, and class discussion. (MR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Communication (Thought Transfer), Discourse Analysis, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Language Patterns, Language Role, Learning Activities, Linguistics, Literature Reviews, Philosophy, Pragmatics, Relationship, Social Studies, Sociolinguistics, Student Participation, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Houston, Texas, November 22-25, 1978)