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L2 interactional competence and development: Introduction

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2011
Author Hall Joan-Kelly, Pekarek Doehler Simona,
Project Tracking interactional competence in a second language: a longitudinal study of actional microcosms (TRIC - L2)
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Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)

Book L2 Interactional Competence and Development
Editor , Hall Joan-Kelly et al.
Publisher Multilingual Matters, Clevedon
Page(s) 1 - 15
ISBN 978-1-84769-406-5
Title of proceedings L2 Interactional Competence and Development


Introduction to the volume. Socially-grounded investigations of L2 interactions have been a growing focus of research over the last fifteen years or so. These studies have documented the variety of interactional resources L2 speakers draw on for sense-making in their social worlds. This expanding body of research has made evident the effectiveness of conversation analysis (CA) as both a theory and method for describing the myriad resources comprising L2 users’ interactional competence (IC). However, still lingering is the question of its effectiveness for understanding how L2 users develop such competence. Contributors to this volume explore answers to this question. Drawing on data from a range of interactional contexts, including classrooms, pharmacy consultations, tutoring sessions, and video-game playing, and a range of languages including English, German French, Danish and Icelandic, the studies use conversation analytic methods to investigate the use and development of the many resources comprising L2 users’ IC. In this introduction, we draw a brief history of the notion of interaction competence.