LEARNING TO REUEST IN A SECOND LANGUAGE
Child Interlanguage Pragmatics
Machiko Achiba (Tokyo Woman’s Christian University)
This book is a very important analysis of the developmental course of a seven year old's learning in a second language to make requests, a domain of central importance in the study of pragmatics. There is a superb survey of the literature and a subtle analysis of the issues involved in such a study. The author finds stages in the development of request forms, variation in forms according to addressee, and most novel for a study of child speech, she finds that there is difference in the developmental trajectory depending on the goals of the request. The book is a major contribution to the fields of child language pragmatics and second language acquisition.
Susan M. Ervin-Tripp, Professor Emeritus, Psychology Department, University of California
Key Features Aimed to discover what strategies and linguistic devices a child second-language learner uses in making requests in English and what developmental path the learning process follows Attempts to clarify understanding of the pragmatic development of a learner’s interlanguage
This book examines the acquisition of requests in English by a seven-year-old Japanese girl during her seventeen-month residence in Australia. The study focuses on the linguistic repertoire available to the child as she attempts to make requests and vary these to suit different goals and addressees. This book helps unravel features of pragmatic development in the child’s interlanguage, a subject about which we yet know very little.
Introduction; 1. Literature Review; 2. Methodology; 3. Development of Request Realisation; 4. Requestive Hints; 5. Variation in Use: 6. Requestive Goals; 7. Variation in Use: Addressees; 8. Modification; 9. Summary and Conclusions
Machiko Achiba is a Professor of Applied Linguistics at Tokyo Woman’s Christian University (Tokyo Joshi Daigaku) in Japan and has been teaching for many years in the field. Her research interests are pragmatics, second language acquisition, and the methodologies of teaching English as a foreign language. She received her master’s degree from Southern Illinois University in the United States and holds her doctorate from La Trobe University in Australia. She is the mother of this study’s subject.