Interlanguage Pragmatics

A historical sketch and future directions

Authored by: Naoko Taguchi

The Routledge Handbook of Pragmatics

Print publication date:  January  2017
Online publication date:  January  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415531412
eBook ISBN: 9781315668925
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Interlanguage pragmatics (ILP), a branch of second language acquisition (SLA), examines second language (L2) learners’ knowledge, use and development in performing sociocultural functions. L2 learners need linguistic forms and skills to perform everyday social functions in the target language. At the same time, because our way of speaking is determined by context – to whom we are talking and under what circumstances – learners need to know which forms are appropriate to use in what situations. Hence, linguistic knowledge and sociocultural knowledge of social conventions, customs, and norms of interaction are two layers of pragmatic competence. The process of learning these knowledge bases, individual variation between learners in the process and factors affecting the process are the focal objects of inquiry in ILP research.

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