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¿Puedo usar…? or ¿Me podrías prestar…? Spanish L2 Learners’ Communication in Context: A Study of U.S. High School Study Abroad Students’ Request Pragmatics

 Time: Thursday, April 25, 2013, 11:35am - 11:50am

 Place: Woodburn Hall 204

Patrick Moore

The present study investigates requests that intermediate L2 high school learners of Spanish will produce in response to a contextualized discourse completion task (DCT), and how these will change upon repeating the DCT after a short, but intense, study abroad experience. The study abroad students’ data will be compared with DCT responces from University level intermediate L2 learners of Spanish and from native speakers of Spanish. It is anticipated that the study abroad participants will tend to produce requests similar to those of intermediate level university students, and will make non native-like requests, but will manifest noticeable change in their requests in the direction of being more native-like after study abroad. Coding will follow CCSARP Coding Manual (Blum-Kulka, House, & Kasper, 1989); study abroad participants’ intensity of interaction and immersion (Bardovi-Harlig & Bastos, 2011) will also be analyzed as independent variables.

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

In category: Sociolinguistics and pragmatics


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