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LINGUIST List 20.4102

Tue Dec 01 2009

Qs: Colloquial Speech and Slang in L2 Acquisition

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        1.    Brannon Bradford, Colloquial Speech and Slang in L2 Acquisition

Message 1: Colloquial Speech and Slang in L2 Acquisition
Date: 30-Nov-2009
From: Brannon Bradford <brannon.bradfordgmail.com>
Subject: Colloquial Speech and Slang in L2 Acquisition
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My name is Brannon Bradford. I am a Masters student in Linguistics at the
University of Texas at El Paso. I am putting together a thesis proposal,
looking at colloquial speech and slang on Second Language Acquisition.

I believe colloquial speech and slang are usually hard to acquire by second
language learners. I have found some research claiming that group
membership is the key factor that hinders L2 learners from using slang.
However, I want to explore if there are other pragmatic factors that
account for the difficulty in acquiring this type of speech, i.e. a lack of
conceptualization of the words. Often slang and colloquialisms cannot be

I am currently looking for research on this topic and would appreciate any
suggestions on bibliography on second language acquisition of colloquialism
and slang. I have already consulted the university library and searched
several databases. I am looking for research in all language. Some
examples of helpful articles and books I have found are as follows:

McAlpine, Janice and Hai Xu. “Anglophone, Peewee, Two-four…Are
Canadianisms Acquired by ESL learners in Canada?”. TESL Canada Journal.
26.1 (2008): 11-30.

Koike, Dale April. ''Transfer of pragmatic competence and suggestions in
Spanish foreign language learning''.

I promise to post the bibliography to the list.

Thanks very much,

Brannon Bradford

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

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