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Query:   Summary: Cross-cultural pragmatics
Author:  Fay Wouk
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Pragmatics

Summary:   A FEW WEEKS AGO I POSTED THE FOLLOWING QUERY ABOUT CROSS-CULTURAL VARIATION IN VAGUENESS VS SPECIFICITY OF ACCOUNTS.

I AM INTERESTED IN STUDIES OF THE SPECIFICITY OR VAGUENESS OF ACCOUNTS
GIVEN IN SUPPORT OF OTHER SPEECH ACTS, SUCH AS APOLOGIES, REQUESTS, OR
REFUSALS. BRESNEHAN & LIAO 1996 DISCUSS THIS WITH RESPECT TO AMERICAN
VS TAIWANESE REFUSAL STRATEGIES, AND REFERENCE WORK BY TAKAHASHI &
BEEBE. IS ANYONE AWARE OF ANY OTHER WORKS THAT LOOK AT RELATIVE
FREQUENCY OF SPECIFIC VS VAGUE ACCOUNTS/EXPLANATIONS?

I RECEIVED TWO RESPONSES.

DR SIMON GIEVE SUGGESTED THAT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING PAPERS MIGHT BE RELEVANT

LE PAIR, R. (1996) SPANISH REQUEST STRATEGIES: A CROSS-CULTURAL ANALYSIS FROM AN INTERCULTURAL PERSPECTIVE. IN: JASZCZOLT, K. AND TURNER, K., (EDS.) CONTRASTIVE SEMANTICS AND PRAGMATICS: VOL 2 - DISCOURSE STRATEGIES, PP. 651-670. OXFORD: ELSEVIER]
MIR, M. (1992) DO WE ALL APOLOGISE THE SAME? AN EMPIRICAL STUDY ON THE ACT OOF APOLOGISING BY SPANISH SPEAKERS LEARNING ENGLISH. IN: BOUTON, L.F. AND KACHRU, Y., (EDS.) PRAGMATICS AND LANGUAGE LEARNING, PP. ?? URBANA, ILLINOIS: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS]
REITER, R.M. (1997) SENSITISING SPANISH LEARNERS OF ENGLISH TO CULTURAL DIFFERENCES: THE CASE OF POLITENESS. IN: PUTZ, M., (ED.) PP. 143-156. FRANKFURT AM MAIN: PETER LANG ]
WALTERS, J. (1979) STRATEGIES FOR REQUESTING IN SPANISH AND ENGLISH - STRUCTURAL SIMILARITIES AND PRAGMATIC DIFFERENCES. LANGUAGE LEARNING 9, 277-294.

CÉSAR FÉLIX-BRASDEFER REFERRED ME TO HIS 2002 DISSERTATION FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, REFUSALS IN SPANISH AND ENGLISH: A CROSS-CULTURAL STUDY OF POLITENESS STRATEGIES AMONG SPEAKERS OF MEXICAN SPANISH, AMERICAN ENGLISH, AND AMERICAN LEARNERS OF SPANISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE.

I AM GRATEFUL FOR THESE TWO RESPONSES, BUT WOULD STILL LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE ELSE WHO KNOWS OF ADDITIONAL REFERENCES. IF I RECEIVE MORE RESPONSES, I WILL POST ANOTHER SUMMARY.

LL Issue: 15.768
Date Posted: 04-Mar-2004
Original Query: Read original query