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An alternative approach to speech act research in the study abroad context

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An alternative approach to speech act research in the study abroad context

Surtees, Victoria (2013) An alternative approach to speech act research in the study abroad context. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This research aims to contribute to a description of the breadth of opportunities for L2 contact and pragmatic development offered by the Canadian study abroad (SA) context by taking an alternative approach to speech act research. This study reports on the frequency and range of L2 speech acts and events as described by SA students in interaction logs completed with their mobile phones. Nine undergraduate SA students completed structured electronic surveys (n = 801) regarding their English oral interactions over ten-day period. The participants, from various disciplines, proficiencies and L1 backgrounds, were attending an English-speaking university in Montreal as part of a one- or two-semester academic exchange. Participants completed the two-three minute online survey each time they interacted orally in English, describing the content of each interaction, the interlocutors involved, and the location in addition to rating its difficulty. Results showed frequent exchanges on cultural issues with other international students and a low percentage of native interaction, suggesting that SA students have the opportunity to perform a range of speech acts and events but do so within their own peer community. Implications for the describing pragmatic development in SA speech act research are discussed.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Education
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Surtees, Victoria
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Applied Linguistics
Date:11 April 2013
Thesis Supervisor(s):Gatbonton, Elizabeth
Keywords:Speech act; Study abroad; Mobile technology; pragmatics; second language learning
ID Code:977052
Deposited By: VICTORIA SURTEES
Deposited On:19 Jun 2013 14:42
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:43

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