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PRAG Sat1400-12
Saturday, 19/May/2018:
2:00pm - 2:25pm

Location: 4504

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Now Ask Your Partner: Questions In Interaction

J. Campbell-Larsen

Kyoto Women's University, Japan

One of the basic speech acts is the question/ answer adjacency pair. Learners must be able to produce comprehensible questions in the target language. However, questions serve a variety of interactional purposes, from simple information transfer to the display questions performed by teachers to phatic questions that promote conversation. This presentation outlines the interactional architecture of various question genres, contrasting phatic questioning with more procedural questioning and suggests that many learners have insufficient ability to discriminate between genres, leading to minimalistic, unnatural interactions. Some ways in which conversational questions are constructed in interactions will be highlighted

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