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Full Title: Pragmatic Perspectives on Networked L2 Discourse

Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Start Date: 26-Jul-2015 - 31-Jul-2015
Contact: Ilona Vandergriff
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Meeting Description: The panel 'Pragmatic perspectives on networked L2 discourse' will examine and discuss the interplay between structural choice, function and context in the practice of interactional second/foreign language (L2) use in Web 2.0, the second-generation web. Web 2.0 has dramatically changed L2 practice. By connecting people, Web 2.0 facilitates multilingual encounters in virtual community spaces where people can interact with others in the language(s) of their choice.

In spite of the research interest in computer-mediated communication, L2 linguistic practices have received relatively little attention for two main reasons. First of all, the vast majority of linguistic research on computer-mediated communication (CMC) draws on first-language (L1) data (for notable exceptions, see e.g., Androutsopoulos, 2007; Warschauer & De Florio-Hansen, 2003). Secondly, investigations of L2 CMC data generally take a pedagogical rather than a linguistic perspective. Often, such research is more concerned with what L2 users can do rather than with what they actually do, i.e., more with affordances for L2 learning than with L2 practice. Seeking to bridge the gap between these two CMC research strands, this panel hopes to advance the linguistic study of networked L2 discourse.
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 25.3519

This is a session of the following meeting:
14th International Pragmatics Conference

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