JOHN CAMPBELL-LARSEN (KYOTO WOMEN'S UNIVERSITY)

I HAVE A QUESTION: INTERACTIONAL, TRANSACTIONAL AND DISPLAY QUESTIONS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS. : LANGUAGE LEARNING

One of the basic speech acts is the question/answer adjacency pair. Language learners must be able to produce comprehensible questions in the target language attending to such issues as word order and tag agreement. However, questions serve a variety of interactional purposes, from simple information transfer to the display questions performed by teachers in classrooms to phatic questions that promote conversation. This presentation outlines the interactional architecture of various question genres and suggests that many students become habituated to transactional and display questions produced by their teachers and may be poorly equipped to construct and recognize interactional questions. The function of these interactional questions is mostly social in nature; suggesting topics for ongoing talk and maintaining progressivity. The presenter will provide samples of teaching materials that promote understanding of interactional questions. Participants should come away with a more nuanced understanding of question genres and how to teach them.

John Campbell-Larsen is Associate Professor in the Department of English Studies, Kyoto Women's University, Kyoto, Japan. He is interested in Conversation Analysis, Pragmatics and teaching the spoken language.