ERIC Number: ED104147
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Social Situation on Language Use: Theory and Application. CAL-ERIC/CLL Series on Languages and Linguistics No. 10.
Cheek, William; And Others
Foreign language students often find themselves unable to produce appropriate responses in certain social situations. A contributing factor is that until recently, linguists and foreign language educators have concentrated on the student's acquisition of language (phonology, morphology, syntax, and lexicon), and have not concerned themselves with language usage. The purpose of this paper is to focus attention on the need to teach language students not only what to say, but how to say it and when. A brief theoretical discussion provides a linguistic background for the presentation of data collected in three foreign countries and the United States. An analysis of the data shows that language students are frequently forced to cope with social situations for which they are not fully equipped. A sample lesson illustrates how sociolinguistic theory can be applied to the development of teaching materials. And finally, specific recommendations are offered for increasing the sociolinguistic proficiency of our students. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.