Identifier

etd-04132004-115513

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Linguistics (Interdepartmental Program)

Document Type

Thesis

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.

Date

2004

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

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Committee Chair

Arnulfo Ramirez

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