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Title: Making Requests by Chinese EFL Learners
Written By: Vincent X. Wang
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=P%26amp%3Bbns%20207
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 207
Description:

Requests, a speech act people frequently use to perform everyday
social interactions, have attracted particular attention in politeness
theories, pragmatics, and second language acquisition. This book
looks at request behaviours in a significant EFL population – Chinese-
speaking learners of English. It will draw on recent literature, such as
politeness theories and cognitive models for interlanguage pragmatics
development, as well as placing special emphasis on situational
context and formulaic language to provide a more fine-grained
investigation. A range of request scenarios has been specifically
designed for this project, from common service encounters to highly
face-threatening situations such as borrowing money and asking a
favour of police officer. Our findings on Chinese-style pragmatic
behaviours and patterns of pragmatic development will be of value to
cross-cultural pragmatics researchers, TESOL professionals, and
university students with an interest in this area of study.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Pragmatics
Sociolinguistics
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
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ISBN-13: 9789027256119
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ISBN-13: 9789027286802
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Europe EURO 90.00