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Title: Compliment Response Continuum Hypothesis
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Author: Giao Quynh Tran
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Institution: University of Melbourne
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Pragmatics
Abstract: While there has been a large corpus of studies on how people respond to compliments and how the first language (L1) and culture influence their compliment responses (CRs) in a second language (L2) in cross-cultural communication, studies of this kind are usually based on taxonomies of compliment response (CR) strategies which seem not to be connected with each other. When studying CRs and the first linguistic and cultural influence on L2 acquisition and performance (technically known as pragmatic and discourse transfer) in CRs, I realized that existing frameworks of CR strategy categorization could not explain for all of the empirical data in my study. Therefore, I developed a new framework of CR categorization and validated it through the Intercoder Reliability Test. Unlike existing frameworks, this one consists of continua of CR strategies which are linked together. Based on this new framework, I discovered hitherto unknown patterns of pragmatic and discourse transfer which laid the foundations of a new hypothesis: the CR Continuum Hypothesis. The purposes of this article are to suggest new CR continua, to present my newly found patterns of pragmatic and discourse transfer, and to propose the CR Continuum Hypothesis. Not only can this hypothesis inform researchers, L2 teachers and learners of the transferability of various CR strategies, it can also account for crosscultural differences on the basis of universality.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: The International Journal of Language, Society and Culture, (21)
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