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The term may be defined from three different perspectives : (i) In linguistics, pragmatics contrasts with semantics and syntax as branches of the study of language. As such pragmatics is concerned with the relationship between texts (discourse included) and the facts of experience to which those texts relate. Syntax, by contrast is the study of the temporal sequence of grammatical elements (e.g., nouns and verbs, or noun phrases and verb phrases, etc.). Semantics, although like pragmatics in its concern for meaning, is primarily a question of how the elements of text contrast with each other in meaning. It is concerned with the natural tensions and oppositions that are created by contrasting units of structure and meaning.

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