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ERIC Number: ED354727
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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Can You Apologize Me? An Investigation of Speech Act Performance among Non-Native Speakers of English.
Linnell, Julian; And Others
Working Papers in Educational Linguistics, v8 n2 p33-53 Fall 1992
In this study, the performance of apologies among 20 non-native speakers (NNSs) of English and 20 native speakers (NSs) of English was examined. Two questions were addressed: How did NNSs' apologies compare with NSs' in identical situations? What relationship existed between the performance of apologies by NNSs and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores? Eight verbal discourse completion tests were administered by the researchers to the participants on a one-to-one basis. Each response was taped, transcribed, coded, and analyzed by the researchers. No significant differences were found between NNSs and NSs in six out of eight situations. According to NS norms, explicit apologies, acknowledgements and intensifiers were significantly undersupplied by NNSs in two of the situations. No linear relationship was found to exist between TOEFL scores and the performance of apologies by NNSs. (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test of English as a Foreign Language