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Pragmatic Transfer and Development


Li, W, Pragmatic Transfer and Development, John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 268. ISBN 9789027264176 (2018) [Authored Research Book]

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Copyright 2018 John Benjamins B.V.

DOI: doi:10.1075/pbns.287


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Authored Research Book
Keywords:interlanguage pragmatics, pragmatic competence, speech acts, email
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Linguistics
Research Field:Discourse and pragmatics
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Communication across languages and culture
UTAS Author:Li, W (Dr Lucy Li)
ID Code:139032
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Global Cultures and Languages
Deposited On:2020-05-22
Last Modified:2020-07-21

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