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Requesting in Italian as foreign language: pragmatic and prosodic features

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This article concerns the pragmatic and prosodic strategies employed in interrogative utterances by a group of Belgian Dutch-speaking students acquiring Italian as Foreign Language (FL) in a classroom context. The focus of the investigation is on the realisation of the acts of request. In the first part of the paper we examine the pragmatic strategies used by the learners to express a request of communicative contribution. Since, as we show, requests are predominantly realized by the learners through Yes-No questions (query_y moves), in the second part of the paper we present an intonational analysis of this type of utterances. The results show that the learners produce few request acts. Requests are mostly realised as query_y moves (Yes/No questions), whereas there are few occurences of other requesting moves. From the prosodic point of view, the data show that the realisation of query_y moves changes when the general proficiency leven in the FL (Italian) improves.
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Yes-No question, Italian, foreign language, prosody, Pragmatics, Belgian Dutch, query, speech act

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Alfano, Iolanda, Claudia Crocco, and Renata Savy. “Requesting in Italian as Foreign Language: Pragmatic and Prosodic Features.” Prosodic and Rhythmic Aspects of L2 Acquisition : the Case of Italian. Ed. Anna De Meo & Massimo Pettorino. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholar Publishing, 2012. 153–176. Print.
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Alfano, I., Crocco, C., & Savy, R. (2012). Requesting in Italian as foreign language: pragmatic and prosodic features. In A. De Meo & M. Pettorino (Eds.), Prosodic and rhythmic aspects of L2 acquisition : the case of Italian (pp. 153–176). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholar Publishing.
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Alfano, Iolanda, Claudia Crocco, and Renata Savy. 2012. “Requesting in Italian as Foreign Language: Pragmatic and Prosodic Features.” In Prosodic and Rhythmic Aspects of L2 Acquisition : the Case of Italian, ed. Anna De Meo and Massimo Pettorino, 153–176. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholar Publishing.
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Alfano, Iolanda, Claudia Crocco, and Renata Savy. 2012. “Requesting in Italian as Foreign Language: Pragmatic and Prosodic Features.” In Prosodic and Rhythmic Aspects of L2 Acquisition : the Case of Italian, ed. Anna De Meo and Massimo Pettorino, 153–176. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholar Publishing.
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Alfano I, Crocco C, Savy R. Requesting in Italian as foreign language: pragmatic and prosodic features. In: De Meo A, Pettorino M, editors. Prosodic and rhythmic aspects of L2 acquisition : the case of Italian. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholar Publishing; 2012. p. 153–76.
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I. Alfano, C. Crocco, and R. Savy, “Requesting in Italian as foreign language: pragmatic and prosodic features,” in Prosodic and rhythmic aspects of L2 acquisition : the case of Italian, A. De Meo and M. Pettorino, Eds. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholar Publishing, 2012, pp. 153–176.
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  booktitle    = {Prosodic and rhythmic aspects of L2 acquisition : the case of Italian},
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  title        = {Requesting in Italian as foreign language: pragmatic and prosodic features},
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