Negative Pragmatic Transfer as a Factor Jeopardizing Formation of Multicultural Personality in RFL Classroom (the case of request speech act)

Elena Rumyantseva, Natalya Nekora, Ludmila Kozhevnikova

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingArticle in an anthologyResearchpeer-review

Abstract

Language learning provides vast opportunities for formation and development of multicultural personality since language is a source and method of learning culture. However, sometimes this process may be hindered by lack of crosses between cultural awareness and negative pragmatic transfer resulting in culture shock. Cross-linguistic influence makes learners transfer their pragmatic and sociocultural knowledge from their native language into a target language without differentiating them. From this point of view, the speech act of request presents one of the areas that due to cultural and linguistic specifics of the Russian language might with great possibility be affected by negative pragmatic transfer on the part of English-speaking RFL learners. This paper contains results of research aimed at answering the question whether negative pragmatic transfer influences the production of Russian requests by English-speaking students and, if not, what other factors may hinder this process. The findings show that negative pragmatic transfer is an important but not the sole factor jeopardizing students' production of Russian requests. What is much more important is students' insufficient knowledge of means to express requests in the Russian language, which are vital in terms of pragmatics, i.e. linguistic means that affect politeness of requests in a positive or negative way, as well as a range of standard constructions for requesting in communicative situations with different sociolinguistic variables. Thus, developing pragmatic competence in this sphere can be a key factor facilitating cross-cultural awareness and formation of multicultural personality through language learning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on European Multilingualism: Shaping Sustainable Educational and Social Environment (EMSSESE 2019)
EditorsCaitriona Kirby, Larisa Shchipitsina
PublisherAtlantis Press
Pages195-202
ISBN (Electronic) 978-94-6252-822-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2019
EventInternational Conference on “European Multilingualism: Shaping Sustainable Educational and Social Environments”: International Conference - Arkhangelsk, Russian Federation
Duration: 23 Apr 201924 Apr 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Volume360

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on “European Multilingualism: Shaping Sustainable Educational and Social Environments”
Abbreviated titleEMSSESE 2019
Country/TerritoryRussian Federation
CityArkhangelsk
Period23/04/1924/04/19

Keywords

  • multicultural personality
  • pragmatic competence
  • negative pragmatic transfer
  • request

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Negative Pragmatic Transfer as a Factor Jeopardizing Formation of Multicultural Personality in RFL Classroom (the case of request speech act)'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this