Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1

    Question what does this mean: contextual significance?

    I am not sure...

    • Join Date: Oct 2006
    • Posts: 19,434

    Re: what does this mean: contextual significance?

    Without context, that something said or written has an relevance within the full context.

  2. Raymott's Avatar
    VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,603

    Re: what does this mean: contextual significance?

    Quote Originally Posted by hugsandkisses View Post
    I am not sure...
    Contextual significance is the importance of context in determining a meaning. But even that definition is not necessarily valid without context.
    It could also mean the significance of a certain fact in determining the context.

    Some utterances might be readily understandable and other factors not have much contextual significance. For example, "I'm going to bed now" would generally not need much context for one to understand the intended meaning.
    However, if you were at work and said that, the context would become significant in determining the meaning. If you then said, "I have a migraine headache, I'm going home to bed", this element of context would have great significance.
    Therefore "contextual significance" could also relate to how significant a fact is to the context of an utterance. The fact that you are unwell has great contextual significance. The fact that it is Wednesday probably has no contextual significance for your utterance.

Similar Threads

  1. contextual
    By beeja in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 01-May-2008, 07:41
  2. Do we eat anymore?
    By shun in forum Teaching English
    Replies: 34
    Last Post: 10-Jun-2004, 06:47
  3. the significance of telegraph
    By mei in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 04-May-2003, 19:04


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts