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ERIC Number: EJ856350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1041-679X
Dispreferred Responses in Interlanguage Pragmatics Refusal Sequences in Learner-NS Interactions
Felix-Brasdefer, J. Cesar
Applied Language Learning, v19 n1-2 p1-27 2009
This study examines the pragmatic strategies that learners utilize to negotiate a resolution when refusing a native speaker of higher status in three asymmetric situations (+Power, +Distance). Following Pomerantz's (1984) analysis of dispreferred responses, this study focuses on refusals to an invitation, a request, and a suggestion. Refusal responses are analyzed as refusal sequences across the interaction and with respect to individual and situational pragmatic variation. Results showed that learners employed a variety of direct and indirect strategies to delay a refusal response across one or more insistence-refusal sequences. The interactional input provided by the native speaker served to help the learners get back on track in the conversation and to bring the conversation to a successful resolution. Three aspects of learners' pragmatic competence are analyzed: situational variation, individual variability, and the sequential organization of refusals in learner-NS interactions. Finally, two additional issues are discussed: formulaic use of interlanguage refusals and the effect of length of stay in the host environment on the pragmatic competence of the advanced learner. (Contains 3 figures, 1 table and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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