Context

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Context is the environment in which some phenomenon occurs. It is mentioned to point out that a phenomenon will be understood better, if the circumstances of its creation or use are considered. Frequently it indicates that an undesired phenomenon is not as negative as it seems to be: "In a military context, killing people is sometimes desirable."

Specific contexts include:

  • Context (language use), the relevant constraints of the communicative situation that influence language use, language variation, and discourse summary
  • Archaeological context, an event in time which has been preserved in the archaeological record
  • Opaque context, the linguistic context in which substitution of co-referential expressions does not preserve truth
  • Trama (mycology) (context or flesh), the mass of non-hymenial tissues that composes the mass of a fungal fruiting body

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