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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Liddy, Nevin
Author's Email Address nliddy1@lsu.edu
URN etd-04132004-115513
Title The Realization of L2 Speech Events: A Quantitative Study of Korean Speakers of L2 English with Respect to Formality and Proficiency
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Linguistics (Interdepartmental Program)
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Arnulfo Ramirez Committee Chair
Hugh W Buckingham Committee Member
Michael Hegarty Committee Member
Keywords
  • second language acquisition
  • discourse analysis
  • conversational analysis
  • speech acts
Date of Defense 2004-03-03
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Guided written conversations were studied from English speakers at four different proficiency levels. They were analyzed according to their speech act realization, speech event realization, and conversation management (as reflected by three levels of speech acts: primary, secondary, and complementary). All four proficiency levels were found to be capable in the formulation of speech acts and events, demonstrating access to certain discourse principles at all levels. Language proficiency was found to effect the way in which a speech event was realized to a greater degree than the level of formality was found to effect the way in which the speech events were realized.

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