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Title: Second Language Conversations
Written By: Rod Gardner
Johannes Wagner
Series Title: Advances in Applied Linguistics
Description:

"This collection is the first to consistently adopt Conversation Analysis
as an approach to second language interaction. By examining first and
second language speakers' participation in a wide range of activities, it
challenges the dominant view of 'nonnative speakers' as deficient
communicators. Proposing instead to understand second language users'
conversational participation as interactional achievement, the book makes a
powerful case for 'ethnomethodological respecification' in second language
research."

Professor Gabriele Kasper, University of Hawai'i

Conversations involving speakers whose first language is not the language
in which they are talking have become widespread in the globalized world.
Migration, increased travel for business or pleasure, as well as
communication through new technologies such as the internet make Second
Language Conversations an increasingly common everyday event.

In this book Conversation Analysis is used to explore natural, casual talk
between speakers in a second language. The contributors shift emphasis away
from controlled contexts such as the classroom towards more sociable
environments in which people go about their daily routines. English,
German, French, Japanese, Finnish and Danish are all analyzed as second
languages within a variety of professional, educational and sociable
situations.

This collection of essays aims to present naturally occurring Second
Language Conversations in order to show what speakers in these situations
do; how they utilize first language conversational practices, and whether
or not grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation help or hinder the
construction of meaning.

Rod Gardner is Senior Lecturer in the School of Linguistics, University of
New South Wales.

Johannes Wagner is Reader in the School of Language and Communication,
University of Southern Denmark.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): Danish
English
Finnish
French
German
Japanese
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