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ERIC Number: ED565105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Pages: 6
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Reference Count: 4
The Effects and Functions of Speaker Status in CALL-Oriented Communities
Buendgens-Kosten, Judith, Paper presented at the 2014 EUROCALL Conference (Groningen, The Netherlands, Aug 20-23, 2014)
Do you know how to change your relationship status on Facebook? What about your language status? In most web 2.0 contexts, music preference or relationship status are more important than information about one's linguistic repertoire. In language learning communities and affinity spaces (Gee, 2004), however, language status is forefronted. This contribution will look at the function of "native-speakerness" and "language-learnerness" in a wide variety of CALL-oriented online communities and affinity spaces (online forum, massive open online course (MOOC), blogging community, other) from two different perspectives: (a) User settings: How is language status established in language learning communities? What affordances (e.g. user profile) are available for "setting" one's language status, and what assumptions about native-speakerness underlie them? (b) Affordances: What effects do language status settings have on the user experience via such means as information filtering and availability of specific affordances? The paper aims to begin a discussion about the effect of language status attributions on learners as well as the pedagogical and linguistic assumptions behind the ways in which these services "put the native speaker into the product". [For full proceedings, see ED565087.] La Grange des Noyes, 25110 Voillans, France. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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