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Pragmatic transfer and development : evidence from EFL learners in China

Author: Wei Li, (Language specialist)
Publisher: Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, [2018]
Series: Pragmatics & beyond, new ser., 287.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Email has become a ubiquitous medium of communication. It is used amongst people from the same speech community, but also between people from different language and cultural backgrounds. When people communicate, they tend to follow rules of speaking in their native language, termed by scholars as pragmatic transfer, which may cause misunderstandings and lead to cross-cultural communication breakdown. This book  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Li, Wei (Language specialist) 1966-
Pragmatic transfer and development.
Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, [2018]
(DLC) 2018002834
Named Person: Englisch
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wei Li, (Language specialist)
ISBN: 9789027200631 9027200637
OCLC Number: 1014458123
Description: x, 268 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: List of tables --
List of figures --
Abbreviations --
Acknowledgements --
Introduction --
Literature review --
Pragmatic competence --
Hymes' concept of communicative competence --
Canale's framework --
Bachman's framework --
Speech act theory --
Austin --
Searle --
Politeness theories --
Politeness principle --
Face-saving theory --
The Chinese concept of politeness --
Empirical studies on speech acts --
Cross-cultural speech act studies --
Studies on interlanguage pragmatics --
Studies on requests and refusals by Chinese speakers and EFL learners --
Studies on speech acts in emails --
Pragmatic transfer --
Definition of pragmatic transfer --
Studies on pragmatic transfer --
Pragmatic transfer and linguistic proficiency --
Data collection methods --
Naturally occurring data --
Production questionnaires --
Methodology --
Participants --
Instruments --
Data collection procedures --
Data coding --
Requests --
Refusals --
Data analysis --
Results : Requests --
Pragmalinguistic transfer --
Frequency by group --
Frequency by situation --
Average number --
Form, content --
Sociopragmatic transfer --
Relative power --
Size of imposition --
Pragmatic transfer and linguistic proficiency --
Pragmalinguistic transfer and linguistic proficiency --
Sociopragmatic transfer and linguistic proficiency --
Results : refusals --
Pragmalinguistic transfer --
Frequency by group --
Frequency by situation --
Average number --
Form, content --
Sociopragmatic transfer --
Frequency --
Average number --
Form, content --
Pragmatic transfer and linguistic proficiency --
Pragmalinguistic transfer and linguistic proficiency --
Sociopragmatic transfer and linguistic proficiency --
Discussion and conclusion --
Summary of findings --
Pragmalinguistic transfer --
Sociopragmatic transfer --
Pragmatic transfer and linguistic proficiency --
Universality vs. culture specificity --
L2 pragmatic development --
Pedagogical implications --
Comparison of findings with other studies --
Limitations --
Suggestions for future research --
Appendices --
References --
Name index --
Subject index.
Series Title: Pragmatics & beyond, new ser., 287.
Responsibility: Wei Li.

Abstract:

Email has become a ubiquitous medium of communication. It is used amongst people from the same speech community, but also between people from different language and cultural backgrounds. When people communicate, they tend to follow rules of speaking in their native language, termed by scholars as pragmatic transfer, which may cause misunderstandings and lead to cross-cultural communication breakdown. This book examines pragmatic transfer by Chinese learners of English at different proficiency levels when writing email requests and refusals. To meet the need for developmental research in L2 pragmatics, it also explores whether pragmatic transfer increases or decreases as language proficiency improves. This book will appeal to researchers and students in interlanguage and intercultural pragmatics, second language acquisition, English as a second/foreign language, and intercultural communication.

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