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ERIC Number: ED171121
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Data Sources and the Study of L2 Speech Performance: Some Theoretical Issues.
Seliger, Herbert W.
Speech performance data, including hesitations in the stream of speech, fragmented words or phrases, retracings, and the use of intonation contours for noncommunicative purposes, are examined. It is proposed that these types of speech phenomena are indicative of underlying hypothesis testing and utterance planning strategies. Data produced by 48 second language adult learners in spontaneous face-to-face speech situations were examined. A production model of speech shows the likely component parts of the utterance planning chain, the covert planning and acquisition strategies that may be associated with this component, and the overt language behavior correlates of these covert processes. At the initial stage of utterance planning the second language speaker must first select the focus for his own utterance. After the focus has been determined, the speaker begins to develop the semantic content, or the abstract psychological or conceptual base, of his utterance. Speech samples of the English as a second language learners are presented that illustrate these two stages of the speech process. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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