ERIC Number: ED341285
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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L2 Learner Repairs in Cross-Cultural Communication.
Research on adult second-language (L2) learner's self-repair is reported. Repairs are defined as "structure shifts," which are types of correction or improvement where the speaker leaves a structure uncompleted, abandoning it or shifting to another structure. Two principal types of repairs are distinguished: code- and discourse-related repairs. The results of the study indicate that both quantitative and qualitative changes occur in the use of these repairs along with the increasing proficiency of L2 learners. At the higher levels of proficiency, L2 learners tend to use, in general, more discourse- and less code-related repair. Individual repair profiles of L2 learners show, however, differences in the use of discourse-related repair. The study suggests repair to be a function of other contextual factors in the discourse, such as individual discourse production strategies, L2 learning experiences, cultural behavior patterns, and communicative settings. A further research project that focuses on cultural differences in adult L2 learners' self-repairs is also cited. (Author/LB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Repairs (Language)
Note: In: Communication and Discourse across Cultures and Languages. AFinLa Yearbook 1991; see FL 020 041.