Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN 1571-0718
  • E-ISSN: 1571-0726
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This cross-sectional study in interlanguage pragmatics analyzes the requests employed by English-speaking learners of L2 Spanish, using data collected from university students at four different levels of language learning. The most common request strategies are first identified in a cross-linguistic analysis of Spanish and English and are then compared to the interlanguage data. The requests of lower-level students are found to be more idiosyncratic and pragmatically ambiguous than those of advanced learners, although not necessarily more direct. Advanced learners show signs of improvement, but still rely largely on L1 request behavior. Learners at all levels display more difficulties in areas in which there is cross-linguistic variation between the L1 and L2.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): interlanguage pragmatics; L2 Spanish; pragmatic competence; requests; speech acts
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