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ERIC Number: EJ1172656
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1946-3014
Building a Semiotic Repertoire for Social Action: Interactional Competence as Biographical Discovery
Eskildsen, Søren W.
Classroom Discourse, v9 n1 p68-76 2018
This commentary draws on the four articles in this issue to discuss interactional competence from a usage-based perspective. The usage-based conception of language knowledge as an inventory of form-meaning pairings used for communicative purposes will be qualified by incorporating the idea that these communicative purposes are social actions. L2 learning is a matter of biographical discovery in which the accomplishment of social actions is the driving force and L2 teaching should revolve around semiotic resources for accomplishing these. I conclude by calling for further usage-based L2 research that builds on and advances a view of language as a tool for social action.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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