The Acquisition of Sociolinguistic Competence in a Study Abroad Context

The Acquisition of Sociolinguistic Competence in a Study Abroad Context

by Vera Regan, Martin Howard, Isabelle Leme
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1847691560

ISBN-13: 9781847691569

Pub. Date: 04/15/2009

Publisher: Channel View Publications Ltd

This volume explores the relationship between 'study abroad' and the acquisition of 'sociolinguistic competence' - the ability to communicate in socially appropriate ways. The volume looks at language development and use during study abroad in France by examining patterns of variation in the speech of advanced L2 speakers. Within a variationist paradigm,

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This volume explores the relationship between 'study abroad' and the acquisition of 'sociolinguistic competence' - the ability to communicate in socially appropriate ways. The volume looks at language development and use during study abroad in France by examining patterns of variation in the speech of advanced L2 speakers. Within a variationist paradigm, fine-grained empirical analyses of speech illuminate choices the L2 speaker makes in relation to their new identity, gender patterns, closeness or distance maintained in the social context in which they find themselves. Using both cross-sectional and longitudinal data, four variable features of contemporary spoken French are analysed in a large population of advanced Irish-English speakers of French. This close-up picture provides empirical evidence by which to evaluate the wide-spread assumption that Study Abroad is highly beneficial for second language learning.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847691569
Publisher:
Channel View Publications Ltd
Publication date:
04/15/2009
Series:
Second Language Acquisition Series, #40
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
5.83(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 — Second Language Acquisition and Linguistic Variation
Chapter 2 — Linguistic Outcomes of Second Language Acquisition in a Study Abroad Context
Chapter 3 — Extralinguistic Factors Affecting L2 Development during Study Abroad
Chapter 4 — The research project: an overview
Chapter 5 — The acquisition of ne deletion by Irish learners of French
Chapter 6 — The variable use of Nous/On by Irish learners of French
Chapter 7 — The acquisition of /l/ deletion by Irish year abroad speakers of French
Chapter 8 — The variable use of future temporal reference
Chapter 9 — The role of gender in the acquisition of sociolinguistic competence in an L2 during the year abroad
Chapter 10 — Spending a Year Abroad. Do we acquire sociolinguistic competence?

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