Date: 04-Jun-2008 From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de> Subject: Developing Aspects of Second Language Discourse Competence: Rehner E-mail this message to a friend
Title: Developing Aspects of Second Language Discourse Competence
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Language Acquisition 13
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
Author: Katherine Rehner
Paperback: ISBN: 3895863726 Pages: 152 Price: Europe EURO 61.40
This work explores the development of aspects of discourse competence by French immersion students in Ontario, Canada. It represents a new front for second language acquisition and immersion research in that, firstly, it provides an in-depth analysis of the mastery by immersion students of several polysemous and poly-functional words (i.e. comme/like; donc/alors/(ça) fait que/so; bon; and là), words playing key roles in the expression of fundamental semantic notions (e.g., comparison, consequence, location) and discursive functions (e.g. emphasis, topic shifting, turn yielding). Secondly, it offers insight into the use of discourse markers by immersion students, an as yet under-researched area. Finally, it documents the influence on second language learners' discourse competence exerted by a range of independent factors, many of which have not before been applied to research on the development of this competence.