Email Pragmatics and Second Language Learners

| University of Nicosia
| University of Stavanger
| University of Central Lancashire
ISBN 9789027210012 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027258465 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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
Second language email pragmatics: Introduction
Nicola Halenko, Milica Savić and Maria Economidou-Kogetsidis
Part I. Email literacy and pragmatic development
Chapter 1. Reformulation on Chinese EFL learners’ email literacy: A preliminary exploration
Yuan-shan Chen and Chin-Ting Liu
Chapter 2. L2 emails of complaints: Strategy use by low and high proficiency learners of English as a foreign language
Thi Thuy Minh Nguyen and Thi Thanh Thuy Pham
Chapter 3. Long-term instructional effects on learners’ use of email request modifiers
Esther Usó-Juan
Chapter 4. Experts and novices: Examining academic email requests to faculty and developmental change during study abroad
Nicola Halenko and Lisa Winder
Part II. Relational practices in email communication
Chapter 5. Phatic communion in Chinese students’ gratitude emails in English: Production and perception
Wei Ren and Wenjie Liu
Chapter 6. The effect of first language pragmatics on second language email performance: The case of Greek students’ email requests
Maria Economidou-Kogetsidis
Chapter 7. Email communication in English and in German: A contrastive pragmatic investigation of German university students’ emails sent to university staff in their native and foreign language
Gila A. Schauer
Chapter 8. In search of the missing grade: Egalitarianism and deference in L1 and L2 students’ emails to faculty members
Spyridoula Bella
Chapter 9. “You are the best!” Relational practices in emails in English at a Norwegian university
Milica Savić and Miodrag Đorđević
“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.”
Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
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