Four perspectives on L2 pragmatic development

An increasing body of research examines the development of L2 learners' pragmatic ability (cf. reviews by Kasper & Schmidt, 1996; Bardovi-Harlig, 1999a; Kasper & Rose, 1999). While some earlier longitudinal studies chart observed acquisitional patterns descriptively without relating them to an explanatory framework of second language development (e.g., Ellis, 1992; Sawyer, 1992), other investigations are explicitly guided by - in the rare case, even designed to test - theoretical approaches to L2 learning. Since a fair amount of research under different theoretical orientations now exists, it is timely to take stock of what these approaches have contributed to our understanding of L2 pragmatic development and - not unlike the tenure process at some North American universities - assess their 'future value.'

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