Context, discourse and knowledge construction in pragmatics analysis
The study describes the interconnection of context, discourse and knowledge construction in pragmatic analysis. Using relevant theoretical concepts, principles and procedures from existing literature on the topic and data from oral, written and intuitive sources for exemplification, the paper examines the content of subjective, intersubjective and interactive knowledge in knowledge construction and how this is connected with contextual information in the production and reception of discourse in pragmatic communication. Reviewing the current approaches in pragmatics analysis, the paper contends that pragmatics scholars in Nigeria can provide original alternative theories to conceptualisations from the West by utilising data for research from indigenous contexts in the local languages and second language usage of English to initiate and expound fresh concepts from linguistics and social theory without necessary recourse to pre-existing euro-centric concepts. The paper concludes that pragmatics enables scholars and students of linguistics to understand the processes, principles and procedures guiding the interpretation of socio-cultural and contextual meanings of utterances and that pragmatic methods are needed if we want a fuller, deeper and generally more reasonable account of human language behaviour.