This book is useful for the study of the sociolinguistics of German, English-German bilingualism, general linguistics, and the methods of linguistic fieldwork.
Chapter 4: Bilingual Pragmatics: Evidence from the San Francisco Bay Area German Project
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Bilingual Pragmatics: Evidence from the San Francisco Bay Area German Project*
The structure of the German directive is ascertained by the elicitation of data in a three-pronged approach from seventeen native German speakers residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Data analysis of Part One allows grouping of six scenarios into three natural classes, yielding pragmatically-driven morphological/syntactic distinctions. Politeness considerations are well reflected in the Part Two data. Part Three, English to German translation data, while evincing some commonalities, attests to the pragmatic integrity of each of the respective languages.