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Title(s)Pragmatic Competence in EIL
CreatorBarron, Anne  0000-0003-2962-7985 (Institute of English Studies (IES), Leuphana Universität Lüneburg  02w2y2t16)
AbstractEnglish as an International Language (EIL) scholarship accepts and values the plurality of English and rejects the idea of a single variety of English. In many school contexts today, however, there is little trace of EIL research. Rather, there, standard British English or American English rules, and any discussion of language variation is brief and focused on the orthographical, lexical, and phonological levels. Pragmatic variation across regional varieties (e.g., pluricentric languages, sub-regional variation) is not considered; neither is pragmatic variation across social factors (e.g., age, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnic identity). The present book chapter draws on recent research from Variational Pragmatics and World Englishes focusing on regional and social pragmatic variation across the Englishes to demonstrate the ubiquity of such pragmatic variation across varieties. An empirical study focusing on pragmatic variation in responses to expressing thanks in the varieties of Canadian English and English illustrates the nature of regional and social pragmatic variation. On this basis, the paper examines the place of pragmatic variation in current conceptualizations of pragmatic competence and explores the implications of the existence of regional and social pragmatic variation for conceptualizations of pragmatic competence and for the teaching of pragmatic competence in the EIL language classroom.
Year of publication in PubData2024
Publishing typeParallel publication
Publication versionAccepted version
Date issued2020-12-11
Creation contextResearch
Faculty / departmentFakultät Bildung
Date of Availability2024-02-29T10:36:12Z
Archiving Facility Medien- und Informationszentrum (Leuphana Universität Lüneburg  02w2y2t16)
Published byMedien- und Informationszentrum, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
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Resource typeBook
Title of the resource typePragmatics Pedagogy in English as an International Language
IdentifierDOI: 10.4324/9781003097303-2
Publication year2021
Pages19 - 43
Place of publicationLondon
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