ERIC Number: ED399811
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Routine and Indirection in Interlanguage Pragmatics.
A study examined pragmatic routine and indirection as regularly-used strategies for accomplishing linguistic action that, while conventional, can pose problems for non-native speakers. Two kinds of conventionalities are distinguished: conventionality of means (kinds of semantic structure that have acquired a standard illocutionary force, such as, in English, an ability question functioning as a request), and conventions of form (standardized linguistic formulations associated with a particular illocution). The two types of conventions are each envisioned as a continuum representing degrees of conventionality. Literature relating to each is reviewed. It is argued that on these continua, indirectness is context-sensitive and routine serves to promote fluency. It is concluded that closer attention must be paid to the social context of second language learning and to the learning opportunities provided by different environments of second language acquisition. Contains 57 references. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Pragmatics and Language Learning. Monograph Series Volume 6; see FL 024 134.