Pragmatic Variation

Pragmatic Variation

Speakers from different regions of one country vary their speech act production (e.g., apologizing, refusing, requesting), perceive speech acts differently, convey and perceive im/politeness differently, and display different interactional patterns conversation (e.g., greetings, opening and closing sequences, turn-taking, laughter).

In light of previous research, Variational Pragmatics (Schneider & Barron 2008; Barron & Schneider 2009), intra-lingual pragmatic variation analyzes variation across varieties of a language, such as varieties of two regions in the United States (Indianapolis vs. New Yok City), two in Mexico (Mexico City vs. Yucatán), or two in Spain (Madrid vs. Sevilla). 
Intra-lingual pragmatic variation is contrastive by nature. It examines variation at the subnational level and at various levels of pragmatic analysis (e.g., actional [speech acts], interactional [speech act sequences], organizational [turn-taking]). Cross-cultural and intra-lingual pragmatic variation has also been analyzed in the context of service encounters in commercial and non-commercial settings in the United States and in Mexico ( Félix-Brasdefer 2015, The Language of Service Encounters)Pragmatic variation has also been investigated in second language contexts (Félix-Brasdefer & Koike 2012).
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