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L2 Interactional Competence and Development Edited by: Joan Kelly Hall, John Hellermann, Simona Pekarek Doehler

Paperback - 288 pages
18 Jul 2011
Multilingual Matters
234 x 156 (R8vo)


This unique volume draws on the theoretical framework and methodological tools of conversation analysis to examine interactional competence and its development as it occurs in a range of interactional practices, from a variety of contexts, and in a variety of second languages.


Hall et al have advanced our understanding of second language learning with this timely collection. Contributors demonstrate the importance of interactional competence and they show how it develops through embodied participation in multi-party interaction. This collection provides a comprehensive account of one of most exciting developments in second language learning and teaching.
Richard F. Young, Professor of English Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

This volume is a milestone in the application of conversation analysis to the study of language learning and development. Readers interested in such key topics as the dimensions of interactional competence, learning as a social activity, and the development of interactional competencies over time will find this book an indispensable resource for teaching and research.
Gabriele Kasper, University of Hawai'I at Manoa, USA

This volume presents a unique collection of papers investigating the nature and the development of second language interactional competence in a wide range of languages and settings. The 9 empirical studies demonstrate how interactional competence in a second language is developed through participation in the full social ecology of human action and language use. The collection opens new directions for the field of second language acquisition research by providing detailed longitudinal accounts of interactional development in a second language.
Johannes Wagner, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Author Biography:

Joan Kelly Hall is Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of Applied Linguistics at Pennsylvania State University.; John Hellermann is Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of Applied Linguistics at Portland State University.; Simona Pekarek Doehler is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate Research / Professional

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