Key Features Aimed to discover what strategies and linguistic devices a child second-language learner uses in making requests in English and what developmental path the learning process follows Attempts to clarify understanding of the pragmatic development of a learner’s interlanguage
This book examines the acquisition of requests in English by a seven-year-old Japanese girl during her seventeen-month residence in Australia. The study focuses on the linguistic repertoire available to the child as she attempts to make requests and vary these to suit different goals and addressees. This book helps unravel features of pragmatic development in the child’s interlanguage, a subject about which we yet know very little.
Introduction; 1. Literature Review; 2. Methodology; 3. Development of Request Realisation; 4. Requestive Hints; 5. Variation in Use: 6. Requestive Goals; 7. Variation in Use: Addressees; 8. Modification; 9. Summary and Conclusions
Machiko Achiba is a Professor of Applied Linguistics at Tokyo Woman’s Christian University (Tokyo Joshi Daigaku) in Japan and has been teaching for many years in the field. Her research interests are pragmatics, second language acquisition, and the methodologies of teaching English as a foreign language. She received her master’s degree from Southern Illinois University in the United States and holds her doctorate from La Trobe University in Australia. She is the mother of this study’s subject.