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Social-interactional approaches tu SLA: A state of the art and some future perspectives

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2013
Author Pekarek Doehler Simona,
Project Tracking interactional competence in a second language: a longitudinal study of actional microcosms (TRIC - L2)
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Language, Interaction and Acquisition (LIA)
Volume (Issue) 4(2)
Page(s) 134 - 160
Title of proceedings Language, Interaction and Acquisition (LIA)


In this paper I address the current state of the art in social-interactional research on SLA. I first provide a brief outline of the historical development of those lines of research that are commonly subsumed under the (broad) heading of ‘social-interactional approaches’, and I discuss their conceptual underpinnings as well as some of their research results. I then focus specifically on current research in what has become a major driving force in socially oriented research on SLA, namely conversation analysis (CA-SLA). I discuss some of the empirical evidence CA-SLA has offered for L2 learning as a socio-cognitive process bound up with the moment-to-moment unfolding of L2 speakers’ social practices. I also review its contribution to our understanding of L2 interactional competence and its development over time. I conclude by sketching avenues for future research.