Gila Schauer's study of interlanguage pragmatic development in English is situated in the context of studying abroad. It is the first book-length study of a common occurrence worldwide, but one that has not received the focus it deserves. Schauer examines the interlanguage pragmatic development of German learners of English at a British University over the course of a year. The focus is not only on the learners' productive pragmatic development, but also on their pragmatic awareness, which is compared with their grammatical awareness. The analysis undertaken is both qualitative and quantitative, and the book draws some important conclusions relevant to the whole field of interlanguage pragmatics. It will be engaging reading for researchers and for those doing postgraduate studies in applied linguistics, especially those working on interlanguage and cross-cultural pragmatics, multilingualism and second language acquisition.
Gila A. Schauer is a Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University, UK.
Acknowledgements; List of Tables; List of Figures; Abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. A review of the literature; 3. Data collection methods in interlanguage pragmatics; 4. Methodology; 5. Development of pragmatic awareness; 6. Development of pragmatic production - request strategies; 7. Development of pragmatic production - request modification; 8. Development of pragmatic production -external request modification; 9.Summary and conclusions; Bibliography; Appendices; Appendix A Awareness Study Questionnaires; Appendix B MET Scenarios; Index.