A Pragmatic Analysis of the Interlanguage of Russian Speaking Students
The purpose of this article is an investigation of the differences between the apology strategies used by Italian and Russian speakers as well as interlanguage apologies of Russians in Italian L2 environment. The data for the research was elicited by the written questionary Discourse Completion Task (DCT) involving 5 tokens with a short description of a situation which codifies basic information on social variables. The sample of the study consists of 10 students from each group. This research is supposed to identify the source of a pragmatic failure and the concept of appropriateness in light of politeness theories. The study has important implications for non-native speakers receiving instruction on speech acts.