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ERIC Number: ED342253
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
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Social Language Skills of Finnish Speakers of English.
Karkkainen, Elise; Raudaskoski, Pirkko
Preliminary results of a contrastive discourse analysis project at the University of Oulu, Finland, are reported. The research focuses on cross-cultural encounters between Finnish students of English and native speakers of English from the point of view of students' level of social competence. The students' ability to use discourse strategies is studied at the level of three discourse categories: (1) the level of the whole encounter, where students should be able to take part in the creation of a friendly overall tone or orientation in conversation; (2) the level of the socially demanding main topic, where knowledge of certain organizational devices used in handling this sequence in conversation is important; and (3) the level of one turn at talk and the interactive strategies employed when imposing on the hearer. Hypotheses are presented on the possible effect of cultural differences and of deficiencies in idiomaticity at the level of social competence on the students' performance. Contains 12 references. (Author/LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland