Publication details [#54613]

Wang, Vincent X., ed. 2011. Making Requests by Chinese EFL Learners. (Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 207). John Benjamins. xv+199 pp.
Publication type
Book – edited volume
Publication language
Language as a subject


Requests, a speech act people frequently use to perform everyday social interactions, have attracted particular attention in politeness theories, pragmatics, and second language acquisition. This book looks at request behaviours in a significant EFL population – Chinese-speaking learners of English. It will draw on recent literature, such as politeness theories and cognitive models for interlanguage pragmatics development, as well as placing special emphasis on situational context and formulaic language to provide a more fine-grained investigation. A range of request scenarios has been specifically designed for this project, from common service encounters to highly face-threatening situations such as borrowing money and asking a favour of a police officer.