ERIC Number: ED400706
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Foregrounding the Role of Common Ground in Language Learning.
Smith, Sara W.; Jucker, Andreas H.
It is argued that the negotiation of common ground is an important but neglected area of pragmatics and language learning. Samples of first and second language learners' conversations are analyzed to demonstrate the critical role of common ground in language learning, i.e., that (1) the interactions necessary for language learning are dependent on the common ground between the participants, (2) learning to convey and exploit the common ground is a critical part of language learning, and (3) learning much of syntax, lexical choice, and prosody driven by the need to convey assumptions about the common ground. Strategies used in the explicit and implicit negotiation of common ground are identified, and suggestions are made for more systematic research on the development of such strategies in first and second language learning. Finally, the implications of these analyses for second language pedagogy are discussed, including the suggestion that strategies for negotiating common ground be taught explicitly. Contains 41 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Bouton, Lawrence F., Ed. Pragmatics and Language Learning. Monograph Series Volume 7, p97-117, 1996; see FL 024 180.