ERIC Number: ED395522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Linguistic and Pragmatic Competence: Their Relationship in the Overall Competence of the Language Learner.
Pragmatics and Language Learning, v3 p66-80 1992
A study examined the relationship between two kinds of language competence, linguistic and pragmatic, within the larger domain of the learner's overall competence. Specifically, it investigated whether linguistic competence is (1) necessary, and (2) sufficient for pragmatic competence. Subjects were 14 students of French at Indiana University and a control group of nine native speakers of French. Three tests (a standardized multiple-choice test of French, a role-play questionnaire, and a discourse completion test) were administered. Results strongly suggest that linguistic competence is a prerequisite to pragmatic competence but that it does not itself guarantee pragmatic competence. It appears that a certain level of linguistic ability must be attained before learners are able to convey their message with sociocultural appropriateness. Nevertheless, the level of linguistic competence needed for adequate communication in given language use situations does not necessarily assure learners of sociocultural appropriateness in these contexts. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
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