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Conceptual fluency and the use of situation-bound utterances in L2

Links & Letters
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Con utte Istva State U Abstr Recen necess produ in the accep in the fluenc In Non- three interp indivi three transf SBUs specif Key w gies, M Links & Letters 7, 2000 145-161 3. ceptual fluency and the use of situation-bound rances in L2 n Kecskes niversity of New York at Albany September 1999 act t research has found that L2 learners of high grammatical proficiency will not arily show concomitant pragmatic skills. Some scholars explained non-native-like ction by the lack or low level of conceptual fluency and metaphorical competence target language. This paper, however, claims that this explanation is only partly table because pragmatic skills in an L2 do not necessarily reflect conceptual fluency target language properly because individual variables rather than conceptual y play a decisive role in the selection and use of these pragmatic units. order to investigate the validity of this hypothesis a survey was conducted with 88 Native Speakers (NNSs) and 33 Native Speakers of English (NSs) who were given types of tests: two discourse-completion tests, a problem-solving test and a dialog- retation test. Data were analyzed for two variables: cultural specificity of SBUs and dual learner strategies. The findings of the survey demonstrated the existence of developmental stages which are characterized respectively by strong L1-culture er, false generalization, individual choice. Students in the third stage tend to choose on affective grounds and reject those pragmatic units which they find too culture ic. ords: Conceptual Fluency, Common Underlying Conceptual Base, Learner Strate- etaphorical Competence, Situation-Bound Utterances. 1. Introduction: situation-bound utterances (SBUs) 2. Multicompetence Is the CUCB language and culture specific? 4. Conceptual fluency and metaphorical competence 5. The survey 6. Principal findings of the survey 7. Conclusions References Table of Contents 1. In Situa group cated nicat 1997 ation incre place in Am a

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