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The learner's word acquisition attempts in conversation

Björn Hammarberg

in Processes in Third Language Acquisition

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780748635115
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651504 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635115.003.0005
The learner's word acquisition attempts in conversation

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For language learners, spoken interaction with target language speakers not only has the function of achieving communication, but also has an acquisitional role in providing opportunities for the learners to expand their interlanguage, chances which different learners will exploit to varying degrees. Formulation attempts furnish occasions for a learner to search, establish, practise, and consolidate new expressions, either in spontaneous use in passing or in active cooperation with the interlocutor. Especially the latter case, where the learner appeals to the target language speaker, which offers the researcher a possibility to study the acquisitional attempts in detail. This chapter describes the attempts by one particularly active learner to elicit and try out new vocabulary in conversations with a native speaker.

Keywords: language learning; language learners; language acquisition; vocabulary learning

Chapter.  3996 words. 

Subjects: Language Teaching and Learning

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