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This presentation is a companion to the research paper in my documents uploads. For the full published paper, please go to my profile and check documents. I gave this presentation for the first time at the JALT Pan-SIG Conference 2009, Toyo Gakuen University, Chiba, Japan. The abstract follows.
This presentation will discuss the reasons for the miscommunication of a requestive hint within an authentic email exchange between two native speakers. It includes the analysis of the interaction from the perspectives of i) speech act theory, ii) implicature, relevance and the prior email history between the two interlocutors, and iii) politeness.