Chapter published in:Current Issues in Intercultural Pragmatics
Edited by Istvan Kecskes and Stavros Assimakopoulos
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 274] 2017
► pp. 297–322
A crosssectional study of Syrian EFL learners’ pragmatic development
Towards a taxonomy of modification in interlanguage requests
This study investigates developmental patterns in the requestive behaviour of Syrian learners of English as a foreign language (SEFL). Employing a written discourse completion task (WDCT), off-line production of English requests in 12 contextually varied (equal-status and unequal-status) situations was collected from 150 learners at three proficiency levels and 20 English native speakers (ENS) and analysed quantitatively and qualitatively for internal and external modifications. The quantitative analysis showed that, consistent with previous research (e.g. Barron 2003), both linear and non-linear developments may be typical for Syrian learners’ acquisition of English request modification, whereas the qualitative analysis revealed that learners exhibited a range of new external modification patterns which suggests a need to revise existing taxonomies for such L1 (Arabic) speakers.
Keywords: pragmatic development, request modification
Published online: 14 June 2017
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