IJLLL 2019 Vol.5(3): 201-205 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2019.5.3.227

On the Roles of Context in Verbal Communication

Tian Ying
Abstract—Communication is a common phenomenon in our society and language is an important communicative media in the process of human communication. The use of verbal communication is the most basic life ability in our society. Language is a carrier of transmitting information. It’s not easy for people to have successful verbal communication without the specific context. Context, which plays an important role in the communication and communicators, is a central concept in pragmatics. In the process of verbal communication, all the parts of context have close relationship between each other. So we must not only pay attention to the roles of the speech, but also focus on the language environment.
Owing to the significant role of context in verbal communication, this paper first makes a wide illustration of the definition of context from many scholars both at home and abroad. Then it introduces a complicated social phenomenon and how to carry on successful verbal communication. Finally it analyses the roles of context in verbal communication from restricting semantic meaning, resolving ambiguity, understanding language implicature and understanding deixis.

Index Terms—Context, verbal communication, utterance, role.

The author is with the Foreign Languages College, Inner Mongolia University, China (e-mail: tatiana925@163.com).

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Cite: Tian Ying, "On the Roles of Context in Verbal Communication," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 201-205, 2019.

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