Email Pragmatics and Second Language Learners

ORCID logoMaria Economidou-Kogetsidis | University of Nicosia
ORCID logoMilica Savić | University of Stavanger
ORCID logoNicola Halenko | University of Central Lancashire
ISBN 9789027210012 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027258465 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
Google Play logo
This is the first edited collection focusing exclusively on how second language users interpret and engage with the processes of email writing. With chapters written by an international array of scholars, the present volume is dedicated to furthering the study of the growing field of L2 email pragmatics and addresses a range of interesting topics that have so far received comparatively scant attention. Utilising both elicited and naturally-occurring data, the research in this volume takes the reader from a consideration of learners’ pragmatic development as reflected in email writing, and their perceptions of the email medium, to relational practices in various email functions and in a variety of academic contexts. As a whole, the contributions incorporate research with learners from a range of proficiency levels, language and cultural backgrounds, and employ varied research designs in order to examine different email speech acts. The book provides valuable new insights into the dynamic and complex interplay between cultural, interlanguage, pedagogical, and medium-specific factors shaping L2 email discourse, and it is undoubtedly an important reference and resource for researchers, graduate students and experienced language teachers.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 328] 2021.  vii, 258 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
“As email communication has become a critical part of our everyday professional and personal lives, Economidou-Kogetsidis, Savić and Halenko’s book on email performance is a timely addition to the field. Compiling studies from diverse countries and cultures (e.g., China, Greece, Germany, Norway, UK), the book presents valuable insights about culture and language-specific conventions of email communication, as well as challenges that L2 speakers might face when learning those conventions in their target language. This is a must read for anyone interested in pragmatics in digitally-mediated communication.”
“This is an innovative volume of impressive scope that addresses an increasingly important topic in L2 pragmatics – the enactment of communicative and relational practices through the medium of email. Taking a view of email as a culturally and contextually shaped phenomenon, this volume’s attention to issues of production, perception, and development makes it an indispensable resource for researchers and teachers interested in email pragmatics.”
“The main strengths of the book lie in its clear, engaging style and well-edited structure that make complicated concepts accessible through the use of comparison and the abundance of examples. The volume is also reader-friendly in that it approaches its subject matter from a straightforward and common-sense point of view. The solid methodology and in-depth analyses the studies in the volume adopt will certainly generate an extensive readership among graduate students, researchers, and frontline teachers in disciplines that focus on pragmatics, college writing and ESL or EFL teaching in general.”
“This book presents the panorama of this small but burgeoning area of L2 email pragmatics, offers invaluable insight to this field, and signals directions for future related study. It is undoubtedly an indispensable resource for teachers, researchers and students interested in email pragmatics and L2 language development.”
“This volume offers a compelling collection of diverse and insightful contributions that shed light on the utilization of computer-mediated communication by second language learners in a foreign language. Drawing upon empirical research in pragmatics and second language acquisition, the volume convincingly demonstrates the pivotal role of pragmatics in email interactions among individuals from different native languages. Moreover, it underscores the significance of considering various contextual and cultural factors when L2 users produce and process emails. The conclusions derived from both elicited and natural data are largely robust, avoiding unfounded claims or biased selection. The editors deserve high praise for their outstanding compilation that delves into the dynamic and nuanced interplay between email production and perception, as well as the construction and portrayal of identity by second language learners. Researchers, seasoned language teachers and graduate students with a keen interest in the captivating intersection of email pragmatics and second language acquisition will undoubtedly consider this volume an invaluable asset.”
Cited by

Cited by 4 other publications

Almalki, Ziad & Christian Jones
2022. ‘Why did you do that?’ The effects of instruction on recognition and production of informal second party complaints. The Language Learning Journal 50:4  pp. 443 ff. DOI logo
Giles, Howie
2022. Recent New Book Alerts, 2020-2022. Journal of Language and Social Psychology 41:2  pp. 232 ff. DOI logo
Kostadinova, Viktorija, Marco Wiemann, Gea Dreschler, Tamara Bouso, Beáta Gyuris, Ai Zhong, Maggie Scott, Lieselotte Anderwald, Wiebke Ahlers, Manuela Vida-Mannl, Kholoud A Al-Thubaiti, Shawnea Sum Pok Ting, Ida Parise, Alessia Cogo & Elisabeth Reber
2023. IEnglish Language. The Year's Work in English Studies DOI logo
Ren, Wei
2022. Second Language Pragmatics, DOI logo

This list is based on CrossRef data as of 18 february 2024. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.


Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2021037703 | Marc record