IS GRAMMATICAL KNOWLEDGE RELATED TO PRAGMATIC KNOWLEDGE?
Despite its significance to the field of inter language pragmatics surprisingly little research has been conducted to investigate the issue of the relation between L2 grammatical knowledge and L2 pragmatic knowledge. The aim of the present study was to examine the extent to which the two types of knowledge correlate with one another. The target pragmatic feature of the study was requesting. A total of 77 fourth-semester students pursuing an applied academic degree in accounting at a technical college located in southern part of Bali participated in the present study.The participants’grammatical knowledge was measure dusing a timed, 40-item multiple-choice test, while their pragmatic knowledge was tapped using 10- item multiple choice test, built out of authentic materials extracted from Santa Barbara corpus of spoken American English and data from a research article. Data analysis using Spearman’s rho correlational analysis revealed that the correlation between L2 grammatical knowledge and L2 pragmatic knowledge was statistically non-significant, rs = -.08, p > .05. This suggests that the two constructs are independent of one another. In simple terms, it means that the development of grammatical knowledge is not a prerequisite of the development of pragmatic knowledge, or vice versa. Pedagogically, it implies that cultivating L2 pragmatic knowledge on learners cannot be done solely through L2 grammarinstruction