Wei Ren

Wei Ren
Beihang University (BUAA) | BUAA · School of Foreign Languages

PhD

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Introduction
Wei Ren currently works at the School of Foreign Languages, Beihang University, Beijing, China. Wei's research interests include Second Language Pragmatics, Pragmatics, and Second Language Research.
Additional affiliations
May 2014 - June 2018
Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
Position
  • Researcher
Education
October 2008 - January 2012
University of Bristol
Field of study
  • L2 pragmatics
October 2006 - October 2007
University of Cambridge
Field of study
  • English and Applied Linguistics

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Publications (87)
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Integrated writing has gained importance in both tertiary and secondary learning contexts. However, assessment tasks at secondary schools have received little attention. To obtain evidence of skill integration, a task-defining feature for integrated writing, we developed a comprehensive questionnaire study of an understudied task used in the second...
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This study explored the pragmatic strategies that advanced L2 learners of Chinese produced in greeting responses (GRs). Data were collected through roleplays and retrospective verbal reports (RVRs) from 11 advanced learners of Chinese who were studying in China. To obtain comparison data, 20 Chinese students were recruited to complete the same role...
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This study investigates the effects of instruction on second language (L2) pragmatic competence and the factors that moderate the effectiveness of pragmat-ics instruction. A comprehensive literature search yielded 29 primary studies that involved 1,898 L2 learners, generating 54 effect sizes for between-group contrasts. Aggregated results showed th...
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The Chinese particle吧ba has not received much attention in pragmatic studies, particularly in learners’ uses. However, L2 pragmatic investigation will contribute to the literature of 吧ba and, more generally, Chinese linguistic studies on particles. Therefore, this study investigates the pragmatic marker 吧ba employed by L2 learners of Chinese using...
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NY (2022). 168 pp 9781138368415 (hbk); ISBN: 9781138368590 (pbk); ISBN: 9781003254201 The development of technology has provided opportunities and challenges for Internet users and research on internet linguistics. Netizens employ innovative resources in online interactions while they consider the risks as well. Scott's Pragmatics Online is a warml...
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This study explores how Chinese and Japanese participants perceived different variables in making, accepting and refusing requests and how they evaluated certain requests between peers on social media. The study comprised two parts: 50 students for each language completed a questionnaire survey, and another four students took part in focus groups....
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Translanguaging practice has become increasingly popular in individuals' lives, particularly in online communication among young people. A body of existing research has described translanguaging practice and its potential functions, but few studies have systematically examined individuals' attitudes towards translanguaging practices. Therefore, thi...
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This Element introduces the areas that second language (L2) pragmatics research has investigated. It begins with a theme-based review of the field with respect to L2 pragmatics learning, teaching, and assessing. The section on pragmatics learning examines studies on learners' pragmatic production and perception, and analyzes research modalities in...
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L2 pragmatics have explored the effects of different factors on different aspects of learners' pragmatic performance, but often not simultaneously. In addition, syntactic complexity is rarely examined in L2 pragmatics. This cross-sectional study aimed to conduct a multidimensional analysis to explore the effects of proficiency and study-abroad (SA)...
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This study investigates the use of a popular online expression ‘skr’ by Chinese micro-blogging users on Weibo. Used originally as a hip-hop term for the sound of cars drifting tires, ‘skr’ was exploited by Chinese micro-blogging users for other meanings and functions. Data were collected from Weibo users’ postings over a month. Using the Search fun...
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Self-praise is very common on social media, and various trans-languaging strategies are often used by internet users in online communication. Most of the existing studies on self-praise have centered on strategies for self-praise, ignoring the multimodal communication styles involved. On the other hand, although translanguaging has attracted signif...
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Although a growing body of literature has explored multilingual users' digital practice, dialects adoptions have received relatively little attention. As an important part of the Chinese language, spoken dialects, or '方言' (fangyan), are highly complex in their classification and colloquial usage. Nevertheless, Chinese online users, especially those...
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Noted for the ability to generate meanings across linguistic boundaries, nonverbal communication in computer-mediated communication has attracted increasing research attention. This study examines the prevalent but under-investigated phenomenon of memes and emojis employed in Chinese compliments on the social platform Weibo. Data were collected in...
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Research in second language (L2) pragmatics has paid increasing attention to learners' individual differences, but few studies have examined the relationship between learners' willingness to communicate (WTC) in L2 and their pragmatic competence. To this end, this study investigates the association between WTC and pragmatic awareness and comprehens...
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This paper reports on a longitudinal study that investigated how international students’ personal network mediated their pragmatic choices during studying abroad in China. Data were collected over a year through different ways, including Study Abroad Network Questionnaire, role-plays, retrospective verbal reports, ethnographic interviews and observ...
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This study examines university teachers’ beliefs and practices related to task-based language teaching while teaching English as a foreign language. Task-based language teaching (TBLT) has become a prominent topic for researchers and practitioners in recent decades. It is also advocated by the Chinese Ministry of Education for college English teach...
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Although research about the effectiveness of second or foreign language collaborative writing for jointly written products has proliferated in the last few decades, there has been less examination of whether and how pre-task preparation could maximize the language learning opportunities that collaborative writing can afford learners. Informed by me...
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Versailles Literature has gone viral on Chinese social networking sites. It is a popular online phenomenon in which netizens present their accomplishments or their privileged lifestyle. However, the term is difficult to understand for people who are not familiar with this linguistic practice. This study investigates the pragmatic strategies of Vers...
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Preceding works tend to explicate affordance through supposing what is happening here and now. They seldom relate it to actual social, diachronic activities, such as foreign language learning. To tackle this issue, this study explores how students actualize affordances in technology-enriched language learning environment (TELLE) by examining their...
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Online feedback is frequently implemented during second/foreign language (SL/FL) writing tasks and assessments. This meta-analysis investigates the effectiveness of online feedback in SL/FL writing. After careful screening and the application of inclusion and exclusion criteria, this study synthesizes the results of 17 primary studies reporting on...
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Among the macro-social factors investigated in variational pragmatics (VP), region has received the most attention. To date, age-based differences have not been examined much in VP studies. Social status is frequently observed as a crucial factor affecting the pragmatic production of requests, but few studies have explored the interaction between s...
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Different from ordinary discourse, the institutional nature of courtroom discourse has attracted much scholarly attention in the field of applied linguistics and professional discourse studies. Previous studies have examined the lexico-grammatical features and asymmetric power relations inherent in courtroom communication. However, little research...
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This study uses a Q methodology to track the changing motivational profiles of 15 Chinese university students simultaneously engaged in second-language (L2) English and third-language (L3) Spanish learning over 1.5 years. Guided by complex dynamic systems theory (CDST), the study aims to investigate the initial trigger that propelled the Chinese le...
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Motivation has an effect on the rate and success of second language (L2) learning. However, little is known about its role in students’ levels of L2 pragmatic awareness. This study investigated whether and to what extent students’ L2 motivation influences their pragmatic awareness. A total of 498 Chinese university students completed a two-part web...
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This study investigates Chinese and Japanese requests in social media communication, focusing on the requests made between university students. The data consisted of 300 social media requests made by 30 Chinese university students and 304 social media requests made by 30 Japanese university students, respectively. The findings revealed that the Chi...
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The traditional simplistic understanding of legal genre as homogeneous texts of legalese is recently confronted by researches focusing on the contextual aspects of legal communication, i.e. the production, circulation, and consumption of legal genres in diverse institutional contexts ( Candlin and Maley 1997 ; D’hondt and Van Der Houwen 2014 ). It...
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As a fast growing approach to language development, complexity theory (CT) explicates how variables of a complex language system interact and give rise to the system’s collective behavior and how such a system interacts with the environment at the same time. Larsen-Freeman (1997) first introduced CT to the field of applied linguistics to explore co...
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Studies on self-praise have focused on ordinary people's self-praise strategies both in oral communication and on social media. However, little research has examined how celebrities perform such speech acts. This study investigates the pragmatic strategies used in the self-praise of Chinese celebrities on social media microblogs. A dataset of 300 m...
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Self-praise involves disclosing positive content about oneself, and such disclosures can be treated as self-elevating acts. This study adds to the growing literature on self-praise, especially in online contexts, by analysing pragmatic strategies in Chinese online self-praise from a dataset of 300 user-generated microblogs on Weibo. This study anal...
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Teacher agency plays a key role in sustaining the professional practice of language teachers, including teachers of Chinese as an additional language (CAL), to ensure sustainable multilingualism in universities. This paper reports on an exploratory study that examined five CAL teachers' experiences of using teaching materials in a leading Belarussi...
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This study explores the cross-cultural difference in the change of sociopragmatic competence by collecting perception and production data from native English-speaking children and native Mandarin Chinese-speaking children. The study focused on the development of interlocutor sensitivity in the realization of speech acts of apology and refusal. The...
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Mockery is pervasive in conversational humour. However, little research has been conducted to explore the influence of localised sociocultural constraints on the linguistic choices of interlocutors during jocular mockery acts, especially in non-English-speaking contexts. This paper was written with a focus on examining the jocular mockery strategie...
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While there has been a scholarly call for the incorporation of digital multimodal composing (DMC) in L2 pedagogy over the past decade, the ideologies of teachers and students about using DMC and the pertinent impact on students’ investment in language learning remain underexplored. This paper is concerned with the experiences of a group of English...
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Complexity/dynamic system theory (CDST) has gained considerable currency since Larsen-Freeman (1997) formally introduced it to applied linguistics. As Larsen-Freeman states in the foreword to Hiver and AI-Hoorie’s Research Methods for Complexity Theory in Applied Linguistics, if the value of CDST is to be fully realized, researchers need to conduct...
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English as a lingua franca (ELF) refers to ‘any use of English among speakers of different first languages for whom English is the communicative medium of choice, and often the only option’ (Seidlhofer, 2011, p. 7*). ELF research started relatively recently. It was only discussed occasionally in the last century. Landmark changes were the publicati...
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This article presents a multifaceted comparative investigation into the linguistic impoliteness in the negative online consumer reviews on one of the world’s largest e-commerce tycoons and the flagship giant Amazon. The findings were derived from 600 items of online consumer reviews from two comparative perspectives: cross-language (English vs. Chi...
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A bespoke multidimensional (MD) analysis was performed to compare the writing styles of editorials in China Daily (CD) and The New York Times (NYT) and a formula was proposed to compute a total score for each corpus. Five dimensions were extracted and labeled as: Involved vs. Informational Production, Narrative vs. Non-Narrative Concerns, Expressio...
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The study of motivation based on non-English languages has attracted increasing attention in recent years, but related research in China is still limited. In an attempt to address this situation and with Dörnyei’s L2 Motivational Self System (L2MSS) as a framework, this paper studied seventeen Chinese university students’ motivational disposition t...
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The last fifteen years have witnessed a burgeoning interest in multilingual learning, particularly the simultaneous learning of more than one foreign language, but related research in China is limited. This paper conducted a Q-methodology investigation into a group of Chinese university students who chose to learn Spanish as their L3 in parallel wi...
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This study extends our understanding of Chinese university students’ motivation to learn languages other than English (LOTEs) by adding a contextual dimension to the L2 Motivational Self System. The study drew on Higgins’ ([1987]. “Self-discrepancy: A Theory Relating Self and Affect.” Psychological Review 94: 319–340.) original Own-Other standpoint...
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Pragmatic studies of learners' development during study abroad (SA) have mainly focused on English as the target language, whereas limited research has investigated Chinese, particularly over extended periods of stay. This study cross-sectionally explores the effect of SA on learners' L2 Chinese requests, with a focus on long SA durations. Data wer...
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The story continuation writing task (SCWT) is a newly developed type of integrated writing task that is observed to be able to stimulate language learning efficiently. Nevertheless, little is known with respect to what source knowledge test-takers notice and how they process the noticed information during the task. This paper contributes to the lit...
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Although there has been a steady rise of empirical studies investigating pragmatic strategies in oral communication using English as a lingua franca (ELF), there have been relatively few published studies about pragmatic strategies in written ELF communication. Email, despite its current popularity, has scarcely been examined in ELF communication....
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In this opening commentary we highlight the tension surrounding the emergence and development of bilingual education programs in mainland China, which has attracted much attention in research. Scholars have contradictory views about efforts aimed at promoting and sustaining bilingualism/multilingualism through education in different parts of China....
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Although research on Global Englishes (GE) has demonstrated the potential for a new perspective of ELT, studies of GE in an Asian ELT context are relatively rare. As current mainstream ELT practice in China still largely emphasizes ‘native English’, university courses related to GE are scarce. This paper aims to unpack the influence of a course on...
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Online consumer reviews pose a unique challenge yet meanwhile provide an extraordinary opportunity to the rapport management of retailers. Nonetheless, there is a scarcity of research that has explored pragmatic strategies and rapport management in responses to such reviews. In view of this gap, this study reports on an examination of relational ac...
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With the increasing popularity of online shopping among consumers and the continuous development of interactive digital communication, online reviews are prevalent in contemporary life. As a new genre, online reviews deserve more attention in language and discourse studies. Existing studies in this field predominantly investigate online reviews in...
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This paper aims to codify pragmatic features of China English in email discourse by investigating gratitude emails produced by competent Chinese English users across two different proficiency levels. A total of 78 Chinese graduate students of non-English majors took part in this study, and they were divided into two groups according to their Englis...
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The present study explored the development of second language (L2) Chinese learners' ability to negotiate requests in interactions. It investigated the effect of proficiency on learners' use of request strategies and internal modifications and on their sequential realization of requests in L2 Chinese. Twenty-four American English learners of L2 Man...
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This article discusses the impact of different research designs of retrospective verbal reports on investigations into students’ L2 pragmatic production. It analyzes the empirical studies employing retrospective verbal report in L2 pragmatics and classifies the studies into three categories. For each group, the article investigates a particular stu...
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This paper examines and compares apologies in emails between two groups of Chinese university students, namely first-year non-English major university students and third-year English major university students, to see if there are any patterns in the development of pragmatic competence in terms of apologies. Comparisons between the two groups are ma...
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Pragmatic competence has become an increasingly crucial component of language pedagogy. This article reports on a quantitative and qualitative study of ten English language textbooks used in Chinese universities with a particular focus on their coverage of pragmatic knowledge. Detailed analysis focused specifically on the mention of pragmatic infor...
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Although the profound impact of marketization in academic world has been extensively studied, analytical attention is substantially concentrated on the organizational operation of universities. Less attention has been paid to the impact of marketization on the structure of academic disciplines and the communication of academicians, which is particu...
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The Center for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics (CLAL) at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies is recognized as a ‘National Key Research Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. It is the only center recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education to have a national key...
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Sihua Liang, Language attitudes and identities in multilingual China: A linguistic ethnography. London: Springer, 2015. Pp. xvi, 202. Hb. €99.99. - Volume 45 Issue 1 - Wei Ren
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The way in which people address each other is crucial for expressing interpersonal relationships and is closely linked with cultural values. Address terms are pragmatically important, especially in languages that do not express sociopragmatic values through pronouns such as Chinese. Due to the rapid change of sociocultural values and the advancemen...
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Although there has been a steady growth of empirical studies investigating spoken English as a lingua franca (ELF) usage in institutional settings, less attention has been paid to written texts. Email communication, despite its popularity nowadays, has scarcely been examined. To extend the existing ELF research into email discourse, this study inve...
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Variational Pragmatics (VP) research to date has predominantly focused on Indo-European pluricentric languages, with other pluricentric languages scarcely investigated. This study aims to contribute to the literature by examining the interaction of a macro-social variable (region) and a micro-social variable (power) in refusal productions in two gr...
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Variational pragmatics (VP), an interdisciplinary field at the intersection of pragmatics and dialectology (Barron and Schneider 2009, Schneider and Barron 2008), aims at investigating the effect of macrosocial factors, such as region, ethnicity, age, social class and gender, on intra-lingual pragmatic conventions. VP to date has predominantly focu...
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Pragmatic competence plays a key role in intercultural communication, particularly for students studying in a target community. This book investigates the effect of study abroad on second language learners' productive and receptive pragmatic competences, as well as their cognitive processes during speech act production. It employs a variety of rese...
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The present study longitudinally investigates the cognitive processes of advanced L2 learners engaged in a multimedia task that elicited status-equal and status-unequal refusals in English during their study abroad. Data were collected three times by retrospective verbal report from 20 Chinese learners who were studying abroad over the course of on...
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Yoo’s (2014) article raises a number of questions concerning local teachers’ status and the ownership of English in the Expanding Circle. In this article, I address five issues that I see as most important relating to the ownership of English and empowering local teachers in the Expanding Circle. I provide upto- date evidence of World Englishes and...
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Few studies have investigated the internal modification of refusals. This study investigates the effect of participating in a study abroad programme on the pragmatic development of Chinese students’ employment of internal modifiers in their L2 English refusals. 20 Chinese students studying abroad and 20 Chinese students remaining at home participat...
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The present study longitudinally investigates the cognitive processes of advanced L2 learners engaged in a multimedia task that elicited status-equal and status-unequal refusals in English during their study abroad. Data were collected three times by retrospective verbal report from 20 Chinese learners who were studying abroad over the course of on...
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Situated in a recently established field of variational pragmatics (Schneider and Barron, 2008), this study investigates one of the under-researched non-Indo-European languages, Chinese, with regard to the influence of macro-social and micro-social factors on compliments. More specifically, the present study focuses on the impact of region, a macro...
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This study investigates the effect of learning environment (study abroad vs. at home) on the pragmatic development of Chinese speakers’ L2 English refusals. A total of 20 Chinese Study Abroad (SA) students participated in the study and their L2 refusals were examined over the course of one academic year. These refusals were compared with those of 2...
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INVESTIGATING PRAGMATICS IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE LEARNING, TEACHING AND TESTING. Alcon SolerEva and Martinez-FlorAlicia (Eds.). Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters, 2008. Pp. xii + 266. - Volume 31 Issue 4 - Wei Ren

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To investigate pragmatics in Chinese and Japanese online communication. To compare and contrast the similarities and differences in various online practices in the two languages/cultures.
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Investigates translanguaging practices in pragmatics.
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This Element introduces the areas that second language pragmatics research has investigated. The Element offers some topics and questions for future research in L2 pragmatics.