Descriptions of Speech Acts
This site provides a collection of descriptions of speech acts as revealed through empirical research. The material is designed to help language teachers and advanced learners to be more aware of the sociocultural use of the language they are teaching or learning. It is also an empirical resource for materials developers to base their future materials on for second language learners.
Below is a list of speech acts that have been researched at CARLA. Within each category you will find basic information about the speech act, as well as teaching tips, sample exercises, and past research findings.
This site has been developed by Noriko Ishihara and edited by Anne Fretheim under the direction of Professor Andrew Cohen with support from the Digital Media Center at the University of Minnesota.