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Through a glass, darkly: When learner pragmatics is misconstrued

Hassall, Tim


The notion of a second language native-speaker target for learners of pragmatics has been criticised on several counts. However, one problem with this target seems to have escaped notice: when a learner behaves in a native-like way the native speaker might actually misconstrue this behaviour, because he or she views it through a filter of expectations about how the learner will behave. This claim is illustrated with snippets of ethnographic data on one pragmatic problem: avoiding unwelcome...[Show more]

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Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Pragmatics
DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2003.09.001


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