ERIC Number: ED395523
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Discourse Domains Revisited: Expertise and Investment in Conversation.
Pragmatics and Language Learning, v3 p81-102 1992
A study attempts to refine the discourse domain hypothesis of second language learning, which holds that a second language is acquired with reference to speaker-specific topic areas rather than as a general, context-independent competence, by examining the discourse domains developed by one non-native speaker of English in conversations with two native interlocutors. All subjects were male graduate students in the United States. The natives interviewed the non-native speaker in turn, immediately after one another, and the resulting conversations were recorded and transcribed. Three domains were selected for further analysis, focusing on content elaboration, stability within a single encounter, and personal importance to the speaker. The analysis highlights the role played by interlocutors in the formation, development, and presentation of a speaker's discourse domain, and suggests that the properties of elaboration, stability, and personal importance are key variables for a discourse domain model in second language research. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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