Do Chinese students waffle in their apologies? An exploration into EFL learners’ emails

Miao Hsia Chang*, J. Curran, Y. K. Hsu, C. C. Hsu

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研究成果: 書貢獻/報告類型篇章

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摘要

This study aims to investigate whether the “waffle” phenomenon is revealed in EFL learners’ apology emails in an academic context. A total of 60 students participated in this study. They comprised three groups of undergraduate students: 20 native proficient speakers of English (PSEs), 20 Chinese EFL learners (EFLCs), and 20 proficient speakers of Chinese (PSCs). The results demonstrate both generality and specificity in language users’ apology realizations. The generality is indicated by all the participants’ preference for “Direct Apology,” “Account,” “Taking on Responsibility,” and “Offers of Repair.” Specificity is noticeable in the waffling of the “Account” strategy by EFLCs. The findings shed light on the importance of explicit instruction of the pragmalinguistic features and the sociocultural values accepted in the target culture, and in the case of the current study, formality and conciseness of the language.

原文英語
主出版物標題Email Discourse among Chinese using English as a Lingua Franca
發行者Springer Singapore
頁面61-90
頁數30
ISBN(電子)9789812878885
ISBN(列印)9789812878878
DOIs
出版狀態已發佈 - 2016 一月 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 藝術與人文 (全部)
  • 社會科學 (全部)

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