Chapter published in:Implicitness: From lexis to discourse
Edited by Piotr Cap and Marta Dynel
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 276] 2017
► pp. 201–215
Implicitness in the use of situation-bound utterances
This chapter discusses the nature of implicit knowledge encoded in situation-bound utterances (SBUs) that are defined as highly conventionalized, prefabricated pragmatic units whose occurrences are tied to standardized communicative situations because they serve as interactional patterns and rituals that usually mean the same to all speakers of a particular speech community. It will be argued that there is a strong connection between implicitness and conventions of usage in language use. Conventional routine expressions like SBUs encode information that is equally available for all members of the given speech community. This information is usually implicit because the functional meaning of expressions is rarely reflected in their compositional meaning. The paradox of the use of SBUs is that although most of them are characterized by a high level of implicitness, they may still represent the most direct way to express some social function.
Keywords: situation-bound utterances, conventions of usage, tacit knowledge, situational context, experience-based context
Published online: 30 June 2017
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