This volume deals with a variety of pragmatic issues involved in cross-language and interlanguage studies as well as second-language acquisition and cross-cultural studies. Part I contains papers dealing with general issues stemming from contrastive work, for example, the question of tertium comparationis and its place in the development of contrastive studies as well as the applicability of generalizations proposed by speech-act theorists in contrasting concrete languages and cultures. The second part tackles a number of pragmatic issues involved in second-language learners' written productions, classroom discourse, as well as more general questions pertaining to pragmatic errors and learners' interlanguage. An Index of terms and an Index of names complete the volume.
1. Acknowledgments; 2. Preface; 3. List of contributors; 4. Part I: Pragmatics in cross-language studies; 5. The ethnography of English compliment and compliment responses: A contrastive sketch (by Herbert, R.); 6. On representatives as a class of illocutionary acts (by Kalisz, Roman); 7. Towards a typology of contrastive studies (by Krzeszowski, Tomasz P.); 8. Praising and complimenting (by Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, Barbara); 9. Interactive ethnolinguistics (by Liebe-Harkort, M.-L.); 10. The impact of the child's world on pairing form and function in Antiguan Creole and English (by Shepherd, Susan C.); 11. Part II: Pragmatics in interlanguage and second language acquisition studies; 12. Collocational blends of advanced second language learners: A preliminary analysis (by Dechert, Hans W.); 13. On describing and analyzing foreign language classroom discourse (by Hullen, Werner); 14. Interactive procedures in interlanguage discourse (by Kasper, Gabriele); 15. "Well don't blame me": On the interpretation of pragmatic errors (by Riley, Philip); 16. Coexisting discourse worlds and the study of pragmatic aspects of learner's interlanguage (by Wildner-Bassett, Mary E.); 17. Index of terms and authors