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The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Pragmatics

Edited By

Naoko Taguchi

ISBN 9781032401652
Published August 29, 2022 by Routledge
536 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Pragmatics is a comprehensive critical survey of the field of L2 pragmatics, collecting a number of chapters that highlight the key theories, methods, pedagogies, and research findings throughout its development over the last four decades.

Demonstrating the ways in which pragmatics has long served as a lens through which to examine patterns of L2 development, the volume is divided into six parts which reflect the field’s structure and evolution:

• Constructs and units of analysis

• Theoretical approaches

• Methodological approaches

• Pedagogical approaches

• Contexts and individual considerations

• L2 pragmatics in the global era

The handbook has a particular focus on covering not only traditional topics in the field, such as constructs of pragmatic competence (e.g., speech acts, implicature), teaching and assessment, and pragmatics learning in a study abroad program, but also emerging areas of study, including interactional pragmatics, intercultural pragmatics, usage-based approaches, corpus linguistics, and psycholinguistic experimentation.

Each chapter introduces the topic and follows with a description of its theoretical underpinnings, an overview of existing literature, appraisal of current practice, concluding with a discussion of future directions for research and key readings.

The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Pragmatics is an essential resource for those with an interest in second language acquisition, pragmatics, and language teaching.


Table of Contents

The Routledge Handbook of SLA and Pragmatics

Editor: Naoko Taguchi

Table of Content

Chapter 1 SLA and pragmatics: An overview

Naoko Taguchi


Chapter 2 Speech acts in interaction: Negotiating joint action in a second language

J. César Félix-Brasdefer

Chapter 3 Iimplicature comprehension in L2 pragmatics research

Naoko Taguchi & Shota Yamaguchi

Chapter 4 Routines in L2 pragmatics research

Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig

Chapter 5 Humor in L2 pragmatics research

Nancy Bell & Anne Pomerantz

Chapter 6 Prosody in L2 pragmatics research

Okim Kang & Alyssa Kermad

Chapter 7 Interactional competence and L2 pragmatics

Richard F. Young


Chapter 8 Cognitive approaches in L2 pragmatics research

Shuai Li

Chapter 9 Language socialization and L2 pragmatics

Wenhao Diao and Joy Maa

Chapter 10 Vygotskian cultural-historical psychology in L2 pragmatics

Rémi A. van Compernolle

Chapter 11 Identity and agency in L2 pragmatics

Noriko Ishihara

Chapter 12 Interactional usage-based L2 pragmatics: From form-meaning pairings to construction-action relations

Søren Wind Eskildsen & Gabriele Kasper


Chapter 13 Data collection methods in L2 pragmatics research: An overview

Thi Thuy Minh Nguyen

Chapter 14 Mixed methods in L2 pragmatics research

Steven J. Ross & Yoon Jee Hong

Chapter 15 Conversation analysis in L2 pragmatics research

Junko Mori & Hanh thi Nguyen

Chapter 16 Corpus linguistics approach to L2 pragmatics research

Shelley Staples and Julieta Fernández

Chapter 17 Systemic functional linguistics and L2 pragmatics

Marianna Ryshina-Pankova

Chapter 18 Psycholinguistic approaches to L2 pragmatics research

Thomas Holtgraves, Gyeongnam Kwon, and Tania Morales Zelaya


Chapter 19 A meta-analysis of L2 pragmatics instruction

Luke Plonsky & Jingyuan Zhuang

Chapter 20 Assessment in L2 pragmatics

Soo Jung Youn & Valeria Bogorevich

Chapter 21 Instructional material development in L2 pragmatics

Donna Tatsuki,

Chapter 22 Task-Based Language Teaching and L2 Pragmatics

Marta González-Lloret


Chapter 23 L2 pragmatic development in study abroad settings

Carmen Pérez-Vidal & Rachel Shively

Chapter 24 L2 pragmatics learning in computer-mediated communication

D. Joseph Cunningham

Chapter 25 Pragmatics learning in digital games and virtual environments

Julie M. Sykes & Sebastien Dubreil

Chapter 26 Pragmatics in a language classroom

Yumiko Tateyama

Chapter 27 Pragmatics learning in the workplace

Veronika Timpe-Laughlin

Chapter 28 Individual learner considerations in SLA and L2 pragmatics

Satomi Takahashi


Chapter 29 Norms and variation in L2 pragmatics

Anne Barron

Chapter 30 Heritage learner pragmatics

Yang Xiao-Desai

Chapter 31 Intercultural competence and L2 pragmatics

Jane Jackson

Chapter 32 Multilingual pragmatics: Implicature comprehension in adult L2 learners and multilingual children

Kyriakos Antoniou

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Naoko Taguchi is Professor in the Modern Languages Department at Carnegie Mellon University, USA.  She is the co-editor of Journal of Applied Pragmatics and serves/has served on the editorial board for the Modern Language Journal, Language Teaching, Japanese SLA, Study Abroad Research in Second Language Education and International Education, and Studies of Chinese Language Teaching Journal. She is also a member of the Executive Board of AAAL. Her primary research area is L2 pragmatics.


"The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Pragmatics fills a long-felt gap by providing such an intellectually provocative, theoretically robust, methodologically profound, and pedagogically applicable collection ... which offers plenty of food for thought for anyone interested in SLA and pragmatics."

Ali Derakhshan, Golestan University, in Applied Linguistics

"By exploring questions of great nuance, it represents a major contribution to our understanding of L2 pragmatics. [… T]his wide-ranging volume provides a highly accessible entry point to the long-standing relationship between pragmatics and SLA. […] Although the new millennium has witnessed a proliferation of L2 pragmatics research and teaching informed by SLA theories, this field is still dominated by European and North American voices. […] It is gratifying to note that this volume includes the many voices of Asian scholars whose work on the shifting conceptions of intercultural pragmatics contributes uniquely to some of the basic questions in L2 pragmatic acquisition and development research, namely, what is learned, how it is learned, and particularly why something is learned or not learned. […] Written by leading scholars in the field, the contributions have sought to demonstrate why pragmatics is a profitable arena for SLA research and how SLA provides theoretical frameworks and empirical methods to address the constructs and changes within pragmatic systems. [… T]he contributions in this volume have managed to balance input-based and output-based approaches, awareness and assessment issues, grammatical and prosodic choices, and well-established and newly-emerging domains."

Xin Li, Shanghai International Studies University, in Journal of Linguistics