Pragmatic Transfer in the Speech Act of Compliment among Chinese EFL Learners
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Keywords

Pragmatic transfer
Speech act
Compliment

DOI

10.26689/jcer.v5i8.2434

Abstract

This article reviews the notions of transfer and its subcategories of positive transfer as well as negative transfer. This article also considers the research on pragmatic transfer in the speech act of compliment in first language as well as second and foreign language contexts. In addition, it further explores three research questions concerning pragmatic transfer in compliment among Chinese EFL (English as a foreign language) learners.

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