Volume 11 (2006) Pages 26-39
While the use of film in language teaching is well established, with the exception of Rose (2001) there has been virtually no research to assess the validity of film use as an authentic representation of actual language use. Rose found that film data correspond closely with ethnographic data cited in pragmatics research in terms of syntactic formula, compliment topic and compliment response strategy but gender distribution and compliment response strategy diverged significantly. This study replicated Rose's research by creating a corpus of films based on a survey of 302 visitors to the ITESLJ website about the films that they use for language teaching! learning purposes and then identifying compliments in the film corpus. The results of this investigation yielded similar results to that of Rose (2001), pointing to the robustness of film as a consistent model of pragmalinguistic behavior. Furthermore, like the Rose study, the results of this investigation indicate that sociolinguistic aspects such as gender distribution and compliment response strategy diverged significantly from the ethnographic data cited extensively in pragmatics research.