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Using speech frames to research interlanguage pragmatics: facework strategies in L2 German argument

Dippold, D (2007) Using speech frames to research interlanguage pragmatics: facework strategies in L2 German argument Journal of Applied Linguistics, 4 (3). pp. 285-308.

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Abstract

This paper approaches data from L2 German argumentative discourse from Goffman’s related notions of face and frames. Face as the social identities and qualities speakers want to have upheld is seen to be associated frames, i.e. the way speakers frame and interpret an event. Comparing three examples from a cross-sectional data set of discussions on issues associated with university life, the paper shows that, in each of these cases, speakers applied different frames to the task, resulting in different patterns of turn-taking and modalisation. These differences can be explained with the varying degrees of exposure to the target language in classroom and out-of-classroom situations as well as the educational environment in which the data were collected. The paper ends with a number of proposals for research in the field of interlanguage pragmatics, suggesting that politeness and speech act perspectives are insufficient to grasp learners’ real pragmatic intent. Instead, the question of how tasks and situations are interpreted by learners need to be at the forefront of inquiry, with methods for data collection and analysis appropriate to that agenda following suit.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of English and Languages > Languages and Translation
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Date : 1 September 2007
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 25 Jul 2013 10:43
Last Modified : 09 Jun 2014 13:24
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/7046

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