LINGUIST List 14.498

Wed Feb 19 2003

Books: Applied/Socioling: Achiba

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  • kathryn, Learning to Request in a Second Language: Achiba

    Message 1: Learning to Request in a Second Language: Achiba

    Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2003 09:16:10 +0000
    From: kathryn <>
    Subject: Learning to Request in a Second Language: Achiba

    Title: Learning to Request in a Second Language Subtitle: Child Interlanguage Pragmatics Series Title: Second Language Acquisition Publication Year: 2003 Publisher: Multilingual Matters Author: Machiko Achiba, Tokyo Woman's Christian University

    Hardback: ISBN: 1853596124, Pages: 240, Price: GBP42.95/US$69.95/CAN$9995


    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

    Description 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.

    Contents 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

    Author information

    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.

    Lingfield(s): Sociolinguistics Applied Linguistics Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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