#CritLit 2010 What syntax, pragmatics, context and semantics mean to me?

These are interesting points in Matthias’s post. I am not sure if I have fully understood your message here, relating to the wide jumps – I suppose you are referring to oftentimes different literacies and syntax (in and outside the course as proposed by different actors (learners & other networkers).
I appreciate your use of the words – traversing, jumps which match exactly what this course is all about. This reinforces the importance of syntax – the way in which words are arranged and form sentences and context – the words that come before and after a particular word or phrase and help to fix its meaning with the semantics (meaning). For me, I just integrate them in my connection (communication) (cognitively and socially), and so I seldom look into it with such details.

I suppose the juxtaposition of cognition, syntax, context, pragmatics, semantics, change, etc. would help when I draw them up in my mind as delineation. May be it is like driving a car (use of language), where one has to check the tyres, oil, lights, gear, accelerator and brakes (syntax – words in sequence), and the traffic condition (context), which type of car and technique should I use (pragmatics) and wayfind and sensemake (cognitively) in order to drive safely (meaningfully – the semantics).

Have I jump started? Or may be  driving in the wrong lane? May be I am driving a virtual one different from yours, but surely we are cooperating, not competing.

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Relating to Jenny’s post: Why is syntax particularly relevant for us as learners in the 21st century?

So would my analogy of driving a virtual car make sense? If I drive with the lights on, does it mean that I am driving at night, or in the day time when there was pouring rain, or that I have to signal that my car is on an emergency?  So the lights in my car would be like the words that I used, which could carry much meaning to myself and other drivers.  Similarly, when I am communicating and conversing with our peers and instructors, any words and sentences used in my post would signify my state of mind and emotions, and thus could be interpreted quite differently under different contexts.

Maria provides a great summary here on syntax

Syntax in linguistics (Wikipedia),“is the study of the principles and rules for constructing sentences in natural languages.  (…) The term syntax is also used to refer directly to the rules and principles that govern the sentence structure of any individual language”.

Relating back to pragmatics, I love Ruth’s post here where she introduced Netvibes as a vehicle for virtual driving.  I enjoyed the ride….

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I would like to reflect on the resources listed here in the course wiki in further posts:

Optional Readings/References:

http://www.shirky.com/writings/ontology_overrated.html Shirky on ontology

http://www.adammathes.com/academic/computer-mediated-communication/folksonomies.html folksonomies

http://youtube.com/watch?v=BBwepkVurCI Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe – Reality TV Editing

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/09/future-of-search.html google blog talking about searching

http://www.slideshare.net/librarianinblack/information-overload-is-the-devil?src=embed Information Overload is the Devil – by a librarian

http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/publications/whitepapers/presidential.cfmUSA Presidential Committee on Information Literacy: Final Report

http://www.ofcom.org.uk/advice/media_literacy/ UK ofcom media literacy

http://www.medialit.org/reading_room/article540.html centre for media literacy




4 thoughts on “#CritLit 2010 What syntax, pragmatics, context and semantics mean to me?

  1. I like your example about car driving – different experts give different examples. I feel that I cannot be as openminded as you, laways interested and positive..

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  3. Hi Heli,
    I am so glad to learn from you. It’s fun having such conversation together with you and others in the network, tinkering, sharing and critiquing on the concepts and applications of various literacies and language in an open manner.
    See you in this week on “context”. Could be exciting!

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