Learning Politeness: Disagreement in a Second Language

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Peter Lang, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 297 pages
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This book examines how Japanese learners of English learned about managing politeness while they were studying at language schools in New Zealand. Specifically, it investigates how they learned to produce and interpret a range of disagreement strategies during oppositional talk with native speakers of English. Employing a combined qualitative and quantitative approach to data analysis, the book discusses the initial pragmatic competence of the learners, and describes how their competence developed over a ten-week period.
The book outlines some points of cultural divergence which may have influenced the direction and the extent of the learners’ pragmatic development. It also sheds light on the language-acquisition strategies utilised by the learners during their tenure in the host culture. Most crucially, the book illuminates patterns of directness and indirectness in the learners’ selected disagreement strategies. These patterns challenge the generally accepted theory that politeness always increases with social distance.
 

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Contents

Preface
11
Literature review
27
Methodology
99
Examining shifts in production
135
Utterance length in disagreements
165
Recognising and interpreting disagreements
179
Discussion
215
Conclusion
241
Bibliography
253
Appendices
273
Appendix 2
281
Appendix 3
287
Appendix 4
293
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The Author: Ian Walkinshaw has an M.A. in TES/FL from the University of Birmingham, UK, and a Ph.D. in applied linguistics from Victoria University of Wellington, NZ. His research interests are cross-cultural and interlanguage pragmatics, second language acquisition and ELT methodology. He has been involved in English language teaching in New Zealand, Japan, Britain and Vietnam, where he currently works as an EFL teacher, teacher-trainer and curriculum designer.

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