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Current Research Projects

A Task-Based Needs Analysis of Maritime English

Nicole Ziegler

Despite the Maritime industry's efforts to address miscommunication, lack of training in the use of Maritime English (ME), as well as inadequate proficiency levels of second language (L2) speakers, continues to negatively impact verbal maritime interactions.  Seeking to address these various causes of miscommunication in ME, this project aims to provide a holistic perspective  on the linguistic and pragmatic needs and practices of ME speakers from a variety of local and national sources

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The Role of Power, Politeness, and Social Distance in Maritime Accidents

Nicole Ziegler

As modern seafarers have become more nationally, culturally, and linguistically diverse, these differences have had a significant impact on communication and safety at sea. This project investigates the use of face-saving and politeness strategies, as well as the role of power and social distance, in the novel context of on-board and ship-to-shore communication.

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Miscommunication and pragmatics in Maritime English: An analysis of the Standard Marine Communication Phrases

Nicole Ziegler

This project examines the effectiveness of the Message Markers portion of the Standard Marine Communication Phrases (SMCP), a prescriptive phraseology with reduced syntax and vocabulary for common and routine interactions. Potential illocutionary mismatches are analyzed and presented in terms of the influences on speakers’ speech act choices, such as cultural and pragmatic beliefs, possible hearer interpretations, and the potentially dangerous consequences of these misunderstandings.

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Pre-task planning, learner production, and individual differences in L2 text-chat

Nicole Ziegler

This current project examines the relationships between differential pre-task planning times and learners' production (operationalized as accuracy, complexity, and fluency) in written synchronous text-chat. In addition, this study takes a dynamic approach to measuring the relationship between pre-task planning time and task-based interaction on learners’ motivation and anxiety. 

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