Interactional Context in L2 Dialogues.

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In recent years, second language acquisition research has focused on the performance of advanced and pre-advanced L2 learners (non-native speakers; henceforth NNSs), the former having received less attention. The present study draws on dialogues about future plans and route directions between advanced NNSs and a single native speaker (EVA). It is hypothesized that a NNS needs more time to construct utterances because her/his level of fluency has not reached the level of automatization that a native speaker (henceforth NS) possesses. A NNS, therefore, takes advantage of the interlocutor's turn to acquire the necessary tools to continue the dialogue and to gain time, using interactional strategies such as repetition, co-construction, metalinguistic asides and trailing-offs. Furthermore, the route-direction frame is more rigid than the future plan frame, due to the more complex macro-context. Thus, the more difficult the communicative task, the more likely it is that the NNS will use interactional strategies as scaffolding devices. Comparisons with NS–NS dialogues confirm this hypothesis.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Languages and Literature


  • Repetition, Macro-context, Micro-context, Second language acquisition, Dialogue, Scaffolding
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-407
JournalJournal of Pragmatics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Publication categoryResearch