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ERIC Number: ED408845
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 39
Abstractor: N/A
Refusal Strategies of Native Spanish Speakers in Spanish and in English and of Native English Speakers in English.
Lauper, Julie Ann
A study analyzed patterns in one speech act, that of refusal, in 60 native English speakers (responding in English only) and 120 native Spanish speakers (60 responding in English and 60 in Spanish). Native English speakers were college students in the United States and Spanish speakers were students in Spain. A questionnaire was used to elicit refusals for 20 situations. Data were also gathered concerning the subjects' age, gender, level of education attained, and country of origin. Analysis of the responses resulted in a taxonomy of 43 refusal strategies. Results indicate the three groups had different refusal patterns. In some cases, Spanish speakers refused similarly in Spanish (SS) and English (SE) but differently from English speakers (EE), suggesting pragmatic transfer in the SE group. However, it was also found that in some cases the refusal strategies of SEs approximated those of the EEs, and in other cases the SE strategies were different from both other groups. In addition, it was found that all three groups used different refusal strategies in refusals for moral, educational, social, financial, and physical reasons. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A