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   Metapragmatic Awareness in Efl: Reporting Speech Acts  
نویسنده Kitis Eliza ,Kitis E. Dimitris
منبع International Journal Of Language Studies - 2022 - دوره : 16 - شماره : 3 - صفحه:1 -32
چکیده    This paper lies in a poorly researched area of interlanguage pragmatics, that of reporting discourse, and more specifically speech acts. we present a small scale study measuring l2 (non native, of greek l1) tefl training students’ ability in indirect speech, i.e., in reporting speech acts containing less conventionalized meaning modulators. the hypothesis that, despite their high linguistic competence in english, the students’ performance, and especially that of ‘freshers’, would drop significantly in reporting speech acts containing such modulators was confirmed. the findings contribute to the persuasion that in efl/esl contexts, we need to focus on problems generated by poor understanding of functions in language use. the implications of this study are that rather than follow traditional ‘recipes’, i.e. technicalities such as backshifting, etc. in indirect speech tasks, teaching methodologies need to develop students’ pragmatic competence, in this respect too, that will profitably also inform and complement technical aspects of reporting. in view of the findings, it is suggested that developing strategies of reporting speech acts, and identifying utterance force modulation vis a vis propositional (sentence) meaning can provide a platform for scaffolding reflective learning and developing metapragmatic awareness in l2. the article also provides modest evidence that courses raising pragmatic awareness should be included in efl teacher training curricula. the notion of utterance type is also proposed as a useful level in accommodating pragmatic meaning in impoverished contexts of language teaching.
کلیدواژه Interlanguage Pragmatics; Indirect Speech; (Meta)Pragmatic Awareness; Reporting Indirect Speech; Utterance Type Meaning
آدرس Aristotle University, Greece, Xi'An Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China
پست الکترونیکی dimitris.kitis@xjtlu.edu.cn

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