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Bjorn Hammarberg

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635115

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635115.001.0001

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The learner's word acquisition attempts in conversation

The learner's word acquisition attempts in conversation

(p.86) Chapter 4 The learner's word acquisition attempts in conversation
Processes in Third Language Acquisition

Björn Hammarberg

Edinburgh University Press

For language learners, spoken interaction with target language speakers not only has the function of achieving communication, but also has an acquisitional role in providing opportunities for the learners to expand their interlanguage, chances which different learners will exploit to varying degrees. Formulation attempts furnish occasions for a learner to search, establish, practise, and consolidate new expressions, either in spontaneous use in passing or in active cooperation with the interlocutor. Especially the latter case, where the learner appeals to the target language speaker, which offers the researcher a possibility to study the acquisitional attempts in detail. This chapter describes the attempts by one particularly active learner to elicit and try out new vocabulary in conversations with a native speaker.

Keywords:   language learning, language learners, language acquisition, vocabulary learning

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