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Volume 14 Number 1, 2023
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Juan, L. (2023). A Corpus Study of Internal Modifications in Chinese Request and its Application in CSL Instructional Design. Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, 14(1), 56-77.
[阮亮婷. (2023). 利用語料庫研究結果設計中文請求行為中内部修飾語之教学材料. 科技与中文教学 (Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching), 14(1), 56-77.]

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A corpus study was conducted to investigate Chinese request in order to design a course for Czech learners of Chinese. The primary goal of the course is to develop learners’ pragmatic competence in using appropriate request strategies and employing politeness devices or internal modifications to head act in varies social contexts in a campus setting. In order to ensure the authenticity and rationality of teaching materials, and to avoid potential subjective preferences of teachers when designing pragmatic teaching materials, this study first outlined the steps involved in the process of a self-built corpus study, clarified coding scheme of request utterances and investigated the proper usage of internal modification in Chinese requests. Additionally, it demonstrated how the obtained linguistic knowledge can be effectively applied to language teaching materials and lesson plans.


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