Title

Request Behavior and Communicative Styles in Peninsular Spanish and American English: A Comparison

Document Type

Journal Article

Role

author

Standard Number

1885-9089

Journal Title

Revista electrónica de lingüística aplicada

Volume

9

First Page

21

Last Page

42

Publication Date

2010

Abstract

This article presents an analysis of the request behavior of American English and Peninsular Spanish speakers. In line with previous research, the study shows that both populations behave similarly in that they privilege conventional indirectness and, especially, ability queries, over any other options. Our analysis of the distribution of all substrategies, however, points to overall different communicative styles on the part of the two groups. --author-supplied description

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