The Pragmatics of Requests and Apologies

Developmental patterns of Mexican students

Elizabeth Flores Salgado
Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, México
The purpose of this research is to analyse the pragmatic development of language groups at different proficiency levels and to investigate the relationship between interlanguage pragmatics and grammatical competence. For this study, 36 native Spanish speaking EFL learners at different proficiency levels were asked to respond in English to 24 different situations that called for the speech acts of request and apology. Results showed three important aspects. The first finding suggested that basic adult learners possess a pragmatic knowledge in their L1 that allows them to focus on the intended meaning and, in most cases, to assemble an utterance that conveys a pragmatic intention and satisfies the communicative demands of a social situation. The second finding revealed that there are two essential conditions to communicate a linguistic action: the knowledge of the relevant linguistic rules and the knowledge of how to use them appropriately and effectively in a specific context. The findings further suggested that advanced learners possess the grammatical knowledge to produce an illocutionary act, but they need to learn the specific L2 pragmatic conventions that enable them to know when to use these grammatical forms and under which circumstances.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 212]  2011.  xi, 263 pp.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
xi
List of tables
ix–x
1. Introduction
1–4
2. Acquisitional issues in pragmatics
5–46
3. Methodology
47–62
4. Analysis of results
63–176
5. Summary of findings
177–204
6. Conclusions
205–218
References
219–224
Appendix 1
225–226
Appendix 2
227–230
Appendix 3
231–246
Appendix 4
247–258
Name index
259–260
Subject index
261–263

Quotes

“The strengths of this volume lie in its comprehensive analyses, robust review of the literature, clear situation of the study in relation to prior work in the field, and insights regarding the acquisition process of pragmatic abilities. [...] The author is to be commended for making her study relevant not only for linguists but also for language teachers.”
Lisa M. Kuriscak, Ball State University, in Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Vol. 35 (2013) pages 564-565

Subjects

Benjamins Subject classification

BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2011022401
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