Date: 27-Oct-2005 From: Jennifer Lovel <jlovelcontinuumbooks.com> Subject: Second Language Conversations: Gardner, Wagner (Eds)
Title: Second Language Conversations
Series Title: Advances in Applied Linguistics
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd
Editor: Rod Gardner
Editor: Johannes Wagner
Paperback: ISBN: 0826488005 Pages: 304 Price: U.S. $ 49.95
Paperback: ISBN: 0826488005 Pages: 304 Price: U.K. £ 25.00
"This collection is the first to consistently adopt Conversation Analysis as an approach to second language interaction. By examining first and second language speakers' participation in a wide range of activities, it challenges the dominant view of 'nonnative speakers' as deficient communicators. Proposing instead to understand second language users' conversational participation as interactional achievement, the book makes a powerful case for 'ethnomethodological respecification' in second language research."
Professor Gabriele Kasper, University of Hawai'i
Conversations involving speakers whose first language is not the language in which they are talking have become widespread in the globalized world. Migration, increased travel for business or pleasure, as well as communication through new technologies such as the internet make Second Language Conversations an increasingly common everyday event.
In this book Conversation Analysis is used to explore natural, casual talk between speakers in a second language. The contributors shift emphasis away from controlled contexts such as the classroom towards more sociable environments in which people go about their daily routines. English, German, French, Japanese, Finnish and Danish are all analyzed as second languages within a variety of professional, educational and sociable situations.
This collection of essays aims to present naturally occurring Second Language Conversations in order to show what speakers in these situations do; how they utilize first language conversational practices, and whether or not grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation help or hinder the construction of meaning.
Rod Gardner is Senior Lecturer in the School of Linguistics, University of New South Wales.
Johannes Wagner is Reader in the School of Language and Communication, University of Southern Denmark.
Subject Language(s): Danish (dan)
German, Standard (deu)