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Crosscultural Speech Act Research and the Classroom [microform] / Yamuna Kachru
Bib ID 5597136
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Kachru, Yamuna
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1994 
14 p. 
Summary

The current state of research on cross-cultural speech acts is examined, its applicability to the second language classroom is evaluated, and new directions for research, with more relevance for classroom practice, are recommended. Problems found with cross-cultural speech act research to date include questions it has raised about the universal applicability of several theoretical notions of pragmatics, use of a limited range of variables, and inadequate use of ethnographic methods. In addition, the usefulness of the findings in second language instruction are limited. Suggestions are made for solving several theoretical and methodological problems in the research, including: establishment of explicit criteria for comparability across languages; more attention to the constraints on speech acts by domains of interaction, status and role relationships, and other situational factors; focus on how speech acts interact with cooperative and politeness principles; search for a clearer understanding of individual self vs. group/familial self and positive vs. negative face in different domains and cultures; and reduce emphasis on native-like performance. In conclusion, the implications of such research for the teaching of English as an international language are discussed. Contains over 60 references. (MSE)

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ERIC Note: In: Pragmatics and Language Learning. Monograph Series, Volume 5, p39-51, 1994; see FL 014 038.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Cross Cultural Studies.  |  English (Second Language)  |  Intercultural Communication.  |  Language Research.  |  Language Variation.  |  Linguistic Theory.  |  Pragmatics.  |  Research Needs.  |  Second Language Instruction.  |  Second Language Learning.  |  Second Languages.  |  Speech Acts.
Form/genre Information Analyses.  |  Reports, Evaluative.
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