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Title: The Nature and Conditions of Pragmatic and Discourse Transfer Investigated through Naturalized Role-play
Written By: Giao Quynh Tran
Series Title: Linguistics Edition 55
Description:

For decades, the first linguistic and cultural influence on second language
performance (technically known as pragmatic and discourse transfer) in
cross-cultural interaction has fascinated researchers because its nature
and especially its conditions have never been fathomed out.

The aims of this investigation are threefold. First, it examines the nature
of pragmatic and discourse transfer in compliment responses by Vietnamese
speakers of English as a second language in cross-cultural interaction with
Australians. Second, the research project investigates the underexplored
conditions of pragmatic and discourse transfer. In the quest for the nature
and conditions of pragmatic and discourse transfer, research methodologies
provoke much debate because they have different advantages and
disadvantages, though the ultimate goal remains the controlled elicitation
of data that is comparable to real-life production. The third aim of the
present study is to propose and validate an innovative methodology of data
collection in cross-cultural and interlanguage pragmatics research - the
Naturalized Role-play. This methodology is capable of realizing the highly
desirable but virtually impossible goal of eliciting spontaneous data in
controlled settings. Findings of this investigation indicated what was
transferred and how pragmatic and discourse transfer patterned, upon which
new hypotheses (e.g. the Compliment Response Continuum Hypothesis) were
formulated.

The investigation also uncovered as yet unknown conditions of pragmatic and
discourse transfer (e.g. awareness in language production) and their
interaction. Moreover, the Naturalized Role-play proved to fulfil its aim
and to be a pioneering creative solution to the controversial
methodological problem. The study also presents implications of its
findings for second language learners, teachers and native speakers of
different languages in social interactions where cultures meet.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Sociolinguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3895869980
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 358
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