Acquisition in Interlanguage Pragmatics: Learning how to Do Things with Words in a Study Abroad Context

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John Benjamins Publishing, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 398 pages
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Acquisition in Interlanguage Pragmatics provides readers with a much-needed insight into the development of pragmatic competence, an area of research long neglected in interlanguage pragmatics. The longitudinal investigation which provides the basic material for this book consists of a corpus of requests, offers and refusals of offers elicited from Irish learners of German over a ten-month study abroad period using production questionnaires and a variety of metapragmatic instruments. The analysis focuses on developments in these learners' knowledge of discourse structure, pragmatic routines and internal modification. Findings present valuable information pertaining to the process of acquisition of pragmatic competence. They also point to the favourable but imperfect nature of the study abroad context for the development of pragmatic competence. A comprehensive discussion of theoretical and methodological issues, an in-depth analysis and an extensive bibliography make this book of interest to both researchers and students in interlanguage pragmatics, cross-cultural pragmatics, German as a foreign language and study abroad research.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 A pragmatic approach
7
Chapter 3 Acquisitional issues in learner pragmatics
35
Chapter 4 Experimental design
79
Chapter 5 A pragmatic analysis
155
Chapter 6 Conclusion
237
Notes
267
References
285
Appendix
321
Name index
385
Subject index
391
The PRAGMATICS AND BEYOND NEW SERIES
399
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