Responding to Rudeness in an L2: Learning Context and Pedagogical Implications

A talk by Dr. J. César Félix-Brasdefer, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Indiana University Bloomington

Thu, March 29, 2018 | CLA 1.302B

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Dr. J. César Félix-Brasdefer
Dr. J. César Félix-Brasdefer

Most research in second language pragmatics has focused on speech acts and politeness practices, and little attention has been given to the learner’s ability to produce and interpret impolite behavior such as rudeness, criticism, sarcasm, or condescension. The ability to perceive impolite practices and responding to rude behavior is also part of the learner’s pragmatic competence. 

In this talk, Dr. J. César Félix-Brasdefer will examine responses to rudeness with two groups: learners of English (ESL) in the host environment and learners of Spanish in a foreign language (FL) context. This discussion looks at the impoliteness strategies used by second language learners when responding to rude behavior using a controlled task, and the extent to which the learning context influences their pragmatic ability. Dr. Félix-Brasdefer will also address the impact of length of stay and intensity of interaction in study abroad contexts. The talk will conclude with pedagogical implications for the teaching of impoliteness.


An event open to the public. Organized by Professor Dale Koike.


Sponsored by: Department of Spanish and Portuguese, TLC, COERLL, Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, Department of French and Italian

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