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Title: Speech Acts Across Cultures
Subtitle: Challenges to Communication in a Second Language
Edited By: SusanM.Gass
URL: http://www.degruyter.com/rs/bookSingle.cfm?id=IS-9783110191257-1&l=E
Series Title: Studies on Language Acquisition 11
Description:

Unaltered paperback edition of the 1996 hardback edition.

This book investigates the notion of Speech Act from a cross-cultural
perspective. The starting point for this book is the assumption that speech
acts are realized from culture to culture in different ways and that these
differences may result in communication difficulties that range from the
humorous to the serious. Importantly, a recurring theme in this volume has
to do with the need to verify the form, the function and the constraining
variables of speech acts as a prerequisite for dealing with them in the
classroom.

The book deals with three major areas of Speech Act research:
1) Methodological Issues,
2) Speech Acts in a second language, and
3) Applications.

In the first section authors discuss general issues of methodology and
present data in an effort to detail the efficacy of different
methodologies. Research clearly shows the effect of methodology on the
results. This section is followed by a discussion of specific speech acts,
including speech acts and strategy use that have as their goal the creation
and maintenace of solidarity (i.e. greetings, compliments, apologies) and
speech acts that involve face-threatening acts (i.e. complaints,
favor-asking, suggestions). In the final section, authors consider
applications of speech act research within the context of advertising and
business relationships.

REVIEW:
"It certainly is a very informative overview of the subject."
Journal of Indo-European Studies, Austin, 1997/Vol.25

ISBN 3-11-019125-3
ISBN-13: 978-3-11-019125-7

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3110191253
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 350
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