A Discourse Domain Approach to Interlanguage Variation: Its influence on Korean EFL learners' conversational behavior

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Lee, Sina
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Seoul National University Department of English Language and Literature
SNU Working Papers in English Language and Linguistics 3, 79-103
discourse domain; interlanguage; variation; conversational behavior; content-knowledge; communication strategies
Interlanguage studies in SLA have dealt with its attributes in systematicity and variability. This study targeted on interlanguage variation based upon the Discourse Domain Model (Selinker & Douglas 1985) and examined its effects on learners' conversational behavior. The results showed that discourse-domain speakers revealed active participation producing greater number of words/t-units. The structures were also grammatically more complex and coherent with greater subordinate clauses per t-unit. The overall speech rate had accelerated in these fields. Even the intermediate students displayed greater L2 performance on their discourse-domains. However, higher L2 proficiency seemed to compensate for the lack of content-knowledge and did not greatly influence the advanced learners. Discourse domain speakers had sufficient content-knowledge and greater interest which enabled them to make elaborations with specific descriptions. However, neutral-domain speakers showed contrastively different behaviors with uncertainty, employing hedges and code-switching strategies.
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College of Humanities (인문대학)English Language and Literature (영어영문학과)SNU working papers in English language and linguisticsSNU working papers in English language and linguistics Vol.03 (2004)
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