3. The impact of increasing task complexity on L2 pragmatic moves

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The study measures the impact of increasing cognitive task demands on the use of L2 learners’ pragmatic moves. L2 Spanish/Catalan learners of English (n = 36) were grouped into pairs and performed two types of problem-solving tasks. Task complexity was independently measured by means of a learners’ perceptions questionnaire, time on task, and time estimation. Interactions were analyzed for the use of requests and suggestions. Results showed an impact of task complexity on the number of moves for one of the tasks, indicating a clear task effect. No differences in terms of the variety of moves were found between the simple and complex versions of tasks. Results showed a clear task effect with some moves being exclusively associated with some tasks but not others.


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