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Thursday 28 November 2013

Learning linguistics, learning to be wise

The previous meeting of our two subject of Theoretical Linguistics migh be the most memorable classes ever along our 5th week of the vacation. Our beloved lecturer explained us about some linguistic levels: sounds/phone, phoneme, syllable, morpheme, word, phrase, clause, and sentece. Till then we came to the subfield of linguistics and semiotics called: pragmatics.

So, besides concern on syntax and semantics factor when we communicate, we also need to notice and pay our attention to the pragmatics. What is pragmatics? It's the study of the ways in which context contributes to meaning. Simply, we can call it as the social context.

Learning pragmatics, we are also going to learn about being a wise one. Why? Sure, because to understand certain context of a communication, we must use our feel, we must be sensitive before uttering what we'd like to share to other people. 

As an example, when we have our meals together with our friends and we feel like to go to toilet, it's not advisable to explicitly mention the word 'toilet' while our friends are having their meals. Say that we will say: "I got stomachache, wanna poop". Well, nothing wront syntactically and semantically. But see the context when we say so? Yes, it can make some people 'bring the image' of the toilet in their head, and consequently, they will loose their apetite.

Understanding pragmatics also leads us to be wise, for we are going to try to full comprehend, more than that, to understand a case before we comment on it. It will be riddiculous when we directly judge someone who sound for us to utter some dirty words, while in fact that person was actually just giving some examples of retelling story. So, as simple as that, learning linguistics means we learn to be wise :)

But it seems, learning linguistics is not as simple as that, no? Ahhaaa, at least to me :p


  1. yeaaaaa.... Pragmatics is the most memorable lesson of our Thoritical Lingusitic class last week. Because it links directly into our daily life language as you said 'social context'.

    1. I already miss the class kak..

      *lama bingit balas komennye ye :p

  2. bahase ni unik ye. Disini juga kme selalu ditekankan jangan menggunakan bhs turki dg pola pikir bhs inggris karene maknanye akan berbeda dan sekarang mulai membiasakan itu. Tapi walaupun ud mulai biasa dan paham bhs turki, bahase ini masih tetap asing di telinge serase bhs alien tp kalo dengar org ngomong bhs inggris rase balek ke bumi :p haha

    1. benar ji.. pergunakanlah bahasa turki kemelayu-melayuan agar sekembalinya engkau dari turki kelak engkau tidak merasa canggung berbahasa melayu *selain dengan kame B-)