ERIC Number: ED308710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct
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The Problem of Comparing Episodes in Discourse Domains in Interlanguage Studies.
Selinker, Larry; Douglas, Dan
This study builds on research that identified empirical evidence indicating that at least one language for special purposes (LSP) domain and one non-LSP domain are in fact associated with some differential results in the consequent interlanguage (IL) structure of non-native users of English. The current study focuses on the methodological problems in establishing an "episode" in which English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) learners use the internally bound IL contexts that they have developed. Video- and audio-taped sessions of language interaction between a native-Chinese-speaking graduate student teaching mathematics and his students were used as primary data. Secondary data consisted of commentary on these interactions by the students in his class (coparticipants) and by subject-specialist informants. It is maintained that the student-informant insights come out of the internally-created discourse domains that are the initiators of second language acquisition. (DJD)
Descriptors: Audiotape Recordings, Classroom Communication, Discourse Analysis, English (Second Language), Higher Education, Interaction, Interlanguage, Language Processing, Language Research, Languages for Special Purposes, Research Methodology, Second Language Learning, Student Attitudes, Videotape Recordings
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Proceedings of the Annual Eastern States Conference on Linguistics (3rd, Pittsburgh, PA, October 10-11, 1986). The complete Proceedings are available from the Dept. of Linguistics, Ohio State University, Columbus.