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Testing pragmatic competence in a second language

C Roever, N Ikeda

Developmental and Clinical Pragmatics | Published : 2020


Testing of second language pragmatics is an area of growing research interest, and a number of tests have been developed, though none are as yet in operational use. Three broad generations of tests exist, which are primarily differentiated by their target construct. The earliest types of pragmatics tests focused on speech acts, and assessed learners’ ability to produce and recognize felicitous speech acts. From that tradition grew a multi-construct approach, which not only considered speech acts but also other aspects of pragmatic competence, such as comprehension of implicature and recognition of routine formulae. While both traditions relied primarily on written, multi-item tests, the most..

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