Discourse in ESOL research and design : the basic units - Castaños, Fernando Francisco
Despite the importance of the speech act as an analytic category, a general comprehensive
definition of it that allows for methodical definitions of particular
acts has not been provided. As a consequence, large areas of language use are
often treated inadequately, both in learning research and in course planning.
Among other problems, applied linguists presuppose different dimensions in discourse
and their codings of utterances are insufficiently reliable. Therefore, valid
comparisons regarding their empirical results or their design proposals are often
The lack of definitions ESOL work requires is intimately associated to a
defective understanding of the nature of acts. Existing classifications separate
akin acts and group diverse ones together....