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This study sets out to examine the pragmatic competence of Cantonese adult learners of English possessing different levels of proficiency when performing the speech act of requesting for a formal purpose in writing. Pragmatic judgment - one of the two aspects of pragmatic competence - was examined by studying the most proficient group (i.e., native Cantonese-speaking EFL teachers at university), whereas pragmatic performance - the other aspect of pragmatic competence - was examined by studying the two weaker groups (i.e., university students at two language proficiency levels). Both pragmatic…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
This study sets out to examine the pragmatic competence of Cantonese adult learners of English possessing different levels of proficiency when performing the speech act of requesting for a formal purpose in writing. Pragmatic judgment - one of the two aspects of pragmatic competence - was examined by studying the most proficient group (i.e., native Cantonese-speaking EFL teachers at university), whereas pragmatic performance - the other aspect of pragmatic competence - was examined by studying the two weaker groups (i.e., university students at two language proficiency levels). Both pragmatic judgment and pragmatic performance were examined by investigating the same four dependent variables (i.e., politeness, directness, formality and amount of information). Teacher data, collected through a Pragmatic Judgment Questionnaire (completed by eight native Cantonese speakers and eight native English speakers) and through individual interviews, were analyzed quantitatively for responses to twelve questions and qualitatively for responses to two additional questions. Student data, consisting of both experimental and authentic letters and e-mails, were analyzed quantitatively.
Autorenporträt
Siu, Fiona Kwai- Peng
Fiona Kwai- Peng Siu received her doctorate in Applied Linguistics from Macquarie University, Sydney, in 2009. She has been an EFL teacher in the English Language Centre of City University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include pragmatics (in particular, politeness strategies in making requests) and academic writing.