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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: The Acquisition of Sociolinguistic Competence in a Study Abroad Context
Written By: Vera Regan
Martin Howard
Isabelle R. Ra
URL: http://www.multilingual-matters.com/display.asp?isb=9781847691569
Series Title: Second Language Acquisition
Description:

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.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): French
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ISBN: 1847691579
ISBN-13: 9781847691576
Pages: 184
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ISBN-13: 9781847691569
Pages: 184
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