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Title: Acquisition of request modifiers in Vietnamese as a second language
Authors: Nguyen, Thi Thuy Minh
Ho, Gia Anh Le
Keywords: Request modifiers
Second language acquisition
Pragmatic competence
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: Nguyen, T. T. M., & Ho, G. A L. (2014). Acquisition of request modifiers in Vietnamese as a second language. Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (JSEALS), 7, 31-51.
Abstract: This study examines the acquisition of request modifiers by learners of L2 Vietnamese, with a view to expanding the range of target languages under inquiry and contributing to the field of L2 pragmatics acquisition. Data were collected from nine Vietnamese native speakers and 18 learners from various language backgrounds, using open role-plays in six scenarios with differing social power and imposition levels. An analysis was made of the learners' use of request modifiers in relation to their proficiency levels in Vietnamese and their lengths of residency in the target language environment. Findings supported claims in the literature that learning pragmatics is particularly challenging for low-proficiency learners, and provided some evidence of pragmatic development in the case of highproficiency learners who had stayed in the target language culture for an extended period.
ISSN: 1836-6821
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