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Rudeness in Spanish Classes: Learners' Pragmatic Awareness

 Time: Thursday, April 25, 2013, 11:20am - 11:35am

 Place: Woodburn Hall 204

 
Amanda Feuerstein

This study proposes investigate the pragmatic awareness of learners of Spanish as a foreign language in relation to rudeness. Building upon the previous work of Beebe (1995) and Beebe and Waring (2005), this study adapts their rudeness survey to the foreign language context at the students’ current university. The analysis will utilize the rudeness framework developed in the former to determine what kinds of strategies learners use to respond to rudeness: aggressing strategies, persisting strategies, and acquiescing strategies. These results will be compared to native Spanish speakers’ results to see if learners develop pragmatic awareness without explicit instruction.

Part of the colloquium: "Pragmatic and Sociolinguistic Variation" (S612 final papers, Spring 2013)

 
In category: Sociolinguistics and pragmatics
 

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