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Face and self-presentation in spoken L2 discourse: Renewing the research agenda in interlanguage pragmatics

Dippold, D (2009) Face and self-presentation in spoken L2 discourse: Renewing the research agenda in interlanguage pragmatics INTERCULT PRAGMAT, 6 (1). 1 - 28. ISSN 1612-295X

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Abstract

This paper introduces a more nuanced view of face and facework than the commonly used frameworks in interlanguage pragmatics. It argues that ILP not only prioritizes research on the expression of politeness in the L2 and the acquisition of politeness strategies, but that the field also does that in at? extremely decontextualized manner that takes little account of the situatedness of linguistic discourse. Moreover, the paper suggests that existing accounts office and facework with their focus on politeness alone may not be sufficient to capture speakers' projection of other aspects of self-hood, i.e. the social identities and/or attributes that they want to foreground and be attributed with in particular situations.By analyzing an argumentative conversation of two L2 learners of German, the paper shows different ways in which self-presentation is performed, e.g., by the way speakers organize their turns, the way they modalize their discourse, and the way they use markers of reference and identity. It then argues that the field of interlanguage pragmatic should move away from its focus on politeness in a limited set of speech acts and focus also on self-presentation.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > English and Languages > Languages and Translation
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2011 11:21
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2013 12:09
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/7044

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