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Title: Pragmatic and Discourse Markedness Hypothesis
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Author: Giao Quynh Tran
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Institution: University of Melbourne
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Pragmatics
Abstract: This paper arose from my curiosity about the contradictions in the literature on pragmatic and discourse transfer. While pragmatic and discourse transfer was found in learners of a second language (L2) from certain first language (L1) backgrounds, it was not found in those from others. Learners of an L2 from the same L1 background may exhibit pragmatic and discourse transfer in a certain communicative act, but not in others. As studies showing these contradictory instances in the literature were reviewed, some patterns were found to take shape. From such observations, I will propose the “Pragmatic and Discourse Markedness Hypothesis”. Pragmatic and discourse markedness will be illustrated with suggested marked and unmarked pragmatic and discourse features in communicative act performance.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Proceedings of the 2002 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society
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