Investigating L2 spoken syntax: A Usage-based perspective

Regina Weinert, Maria Basterrechea, Pilar Garcia Mayo

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This chapter explores the implications and applications of research into native spoken language in the context of second language learning and use. Spoken language structures differ in fundamental ways from those of written language and require to be analysed on their own terms. The chapter outlines the principles underlying qualitative spoken language research, including a discussion of methodological and analytic challenges, and suggests that this research is aligned with usage-based and related cognitive language models. Methodological and analytic issues are then illustrated in the area of subordination and clause complexes. The chapter concludes with a summary of suggested prerequisites for future applications of research into native spoken language syntax and grammar.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Approaches to Second Language Acquisition
EditorsMaria del Pilar Garcia Mayo, Maria Gutierrez Mangado Junkal, Maria Martinez Adrian
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins
ISBN (Print)9789027205254
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013

Publication series

NameAILA Applied Linguistics Series
PublisherJohn Benjamins


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