The Pragmatics of Requests and Apologies

Developmental patterns of Mexican students

| Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, México
ISBN 9789027256188 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027285034 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
The purpose of this research is to analyse the pragmatic development of language groups at different proficiency levels and to investigate the relationship between interlanguage pragmatics and grammatical competence. For this study, 36 native Spanish speaking EFL learners at different proficiency levels were asked to respond in English to 24 different situations that called for the speech acts of request and apology. Results showed three important aspects. The first finding suggested that basic adult learners possess a pragmatic knowledge in their L1 that allows them to focus on the intended meaning and, in most cases, to assemble an utterance that conveys a pragmatic intention and satisfies the communicative demands of a social situation. The second finding revealed that there are two essential conditions to communicate a linguistic action: the knowledge of the relevant linguistic rules and the knowledge of how to use them appropriately and effectively in a specific context. The findings further suggested that advanced learners possess the grammatical knowledge to produce an illocutionary act, but they need to learn the specific L2 pragmatic conventions that enable them to know when to use these grammatical forms and under which circumstances.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 212]  2011.  xi, 263 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of tables
1. Introduction
2. Acquisitional issues in pragmatics
3. Methodology
4. Analysis of results
5. Summary of findings
6. Conclusions
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Appendix 3
Appendix 4
Name index
Subject index
“The strengths of this volume lie in its comprehensive analyses, robust review of the literature, clear situation of the study in relation to prior work in the field, and insights regarding the acquisition process of pragmatic abilities. [...] The author is to be commended for making her study relevant not only for linguists but also for language teachers.”
“This book makes a contribution to research engaged in interlanguage pragmatic development. What appears remarkable is the emphasis the author gives to the importance of supporting second language learners in acquiring control over their L1 pragmatic knowledge by means of which it is possible to develop new representations of pragmalinguistic and sociopragmatic knowledge in the second language. Accordingly, the practical suggestions provided by the author in order to introduce innovative practices and activities related to the development of pragmatic ability in second language classrooms turn out to be highly valuable for a target audience not just of linguists but especially of language teachers and teaching material designers.”
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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