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What Is Pragmatic Language?

Using and understanding language goes beyond words

Clinical Expert: Lydia H. Soifer, PhD

Dr. Lydia Soifer of the Soifer Center for Learning and Child Development explains that being able to use language in different ways and differentiate how others are using it is a skill as important as vocabulary or conjugation. And it doesn’t come as easily to some as to others.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is meant by pragmatic language?

Pragmatic language refers to how people use language to communicate with one another. Being able to use language in different ways for different purposes and interpret how others use language in social situations is an important skill.

What happens when kids have trouble with pragmatic language?

Kids who have trouble with pragmatic language might struggle to interpret other people’s words and gestures, use greetings, or have conversations.

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This article was last reviewed or updated on March 8, 2024.