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ERIC Number: EJ889178
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0167-8507
L2 Requests: Preference Structure in Talk-in-Interaction
Taleghani-Nikazm, Carmen; Huth, Thorsten
Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, v29 n2 p185-202 Jun 2010
This study provides an empirical examination of how American learners of German accomplish the social action of requesting in L2 conversation, demonstrating how L2 learners use their linguistic and interactional resources to orient to preference structure in their talk. The data illustrate the sequential contingencies surrounding requests and their demonstrable impact on participants' interactional behavior. It is argued that it is insufficient to rely solely on an analysis of lexis and morpho-syntax as deployed by speakers within one turn to describe the sociopragmatic abilities of L2 learners. Furthermore, preference structure as it is revealed in L2 learner talk is discussed in the context of pragmatic transfer and considered as a meaningful concept to complement existing research on pragmatic regularities across languages.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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