Pragmatics and Intercultural Communicative Competence Research Group 

About the lab

This research group examines the impact of context (e.g. specific contextual variables) on language and language learning. We utilize quantitative and qualitative approaches to examine naturally occurring and experimentally elicited language. Main contributions relate to (1) the study of mitigation, (2) speech acts used by native speakers and language learners, and (3) intercultural communicative competence. These three areas are united in that they reflect the examination of context on language, second language learner language, and second language learners' development. We are developing a language learner corpus to further examine the impact of short-term study abroad on learner discourse.

Directed by Dr. Lori Czerwionka (

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