ERIC Number: ED400708
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Sociocultural Dimensions of Voice in Non-Native Language Writing.
Harklau, Linda A.; Schecter, Sandra R.
Discussion of one form of pragmatic competence, projecting a sense of stylistic voice into texts, explores how writing in a non-native language affects the ability to express stylistic voice and enter into social dialogue with readers. Using the published reflections of authors writing professionally in a non-native language, the analysis shows how differing social and historical circumstances under which the authors write in a second language affect their attitude and approach to the endeavor. Several common themes in the authors' experiences with creating a persona in second-language texts are also identified. These include a sense of disconnection with the target language, the idea that how one is taught about writing in a language affects what one writes about and how, and the experiencing of less anxiety and more freedom when writing in a non-native language. A research agenda to explore further the pragmatics of voice in second-language texts is suggested, including exploration of affective factors at a variety of proficiency levels. Contains 23 references. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Audience Awareness, Authors, Communication Apprehension, Comparative Analysis, Language Patterns, Language Research, Language Styles, Linguistic Theory, Native Speakers, Pragmatics, Research Needs, Rhetoric, Second Languages, Sociocultural Patterns, Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction, Writing Processes
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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