In grade school, no one would have ever guessed I'd grow up to become a linguist-- I was the kid who got Cs in French and couldn't produce a trill to save my life! I went to university majoring in civil engineering-- relieved that there was no language requirement for that major. But I ended up switching to geophysics, thinking that it would be less restrictive than engineering, and that it would allow me to spend more time in the mountains (which turned out to be wishful thinking)...Read more
The Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders examines the full range of developmental and acquired communication disorders and provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the epidemiology, aetiology and clinical features of these disorders.
The Acquisition of Sociolinguistic Competence in a Study Abroad Context
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.