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Keeping up appearances: Impression management in native and non-native speakers of four languages
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.
Number of Authors: 22019 (English)In: Intercultural Pragmatics, ISSN 1612-295X, E-ISSN 1613-365X, Vol. 16, no 1, p. 1-25Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Seven groups with ten people in each participated in a simulated activity in which they played the part of employees asking their boss for two days of leave. Four groups were made up of native speakers of British English, Metropolitan French, Chilean Spanish, and Swedish, respectively; the remaining three groups being non-native speakers of British English, Metropolitan French, and Chilean Spanish, with Swedish as their L1, who were long-time residents of their respective host countries. The aim of the study was to investigate the patterns of impression management that emerged in the different participant groups. Two dimensions of comparison were in focus: one regarding intercultural differences between the native speaker groups, and the other concerning non-native speakers' alignment with local patterns of behavior. The analysis shows little variation among the three groups with regard to profession-oriented strategies, whereas divergences related to affective variables were considerably greater. The non-native speakers exhibited a generally high degree of alignment to local patterns in all three national contexts, although lower degrees of alignment appeared with regard to variables specifically reflecting common Swedish national self-images.

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2019. Vol. 16, no 1, p. 1-25
Keywords [en]
impression management strategies, highly proficient L2 use, socio-pragmatic alignment, sociocultural values, L2 French, L2 Spanish, L2 English
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-167651DOI: 10.1515/ip-2019-0001ISI: 000459337500001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-167651DiVA, id: diva2:1302918
Available from: 2019-04-08 Created: 2019-04-08 Last updated: 2019-04-08Bibliographically approved

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