9781847692382

The Sociolinguistic Competence of Immersion Students

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  • ISBN13:

    9781847692382

  • ISBN10:

    1847692389

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-01-01
  • Publisher: Multilingual Matters Ltd

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Summary

This book is a significant contribution to an under-studied aspect of SLA research, namely the acquisition of sociolinguistic variation by immersion students who have learnt their second language primarily in an educational context. The student’s mastery of sociolinguistic competence is measured in relation to a range of phonetic, lexical and grammatical variants and to the factors that influence such mastery.

Author Biography

Raymond Mougeon received a PhD in linguistics from McGill University. He received numerous research grants from Canada¿s Social Science and Humanities Research Council and the Ontario Ministry of Education. He has written extensively on topics such as the diachrony of variation in European French, variation in the spoken French of Franco-Ontarian students and immersion students and aspects of the ethno-linguistic vitality of Ontario¿s francophone community. He is current director of the Centre for Research on Language Contact on the Glendon campus of York University. Terry Nadasdi obtained a PhD in French linguistics from the University of Toronto. His research focuses on grammatical variation in French-English language contact situations, e.g.: minority language speakers and learners of French as a second language. His research also involves the creation of online grammar checkers for English and French (e.g.: www.bonpatron.com). He is currently a Full Professor in the University of Alberta¿s Linguistics Department. Katherine Rehner received a PhD in Second Language Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Her research and publications centre on the development of sociolinguistic competence by first and second language speakers of French and on the role of educational input in the development of such competence. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Linguistics and the Teaching and Learning programs in the Department of Language Studies at the University of Toronto, Mississauga.

Table of Contents

Contents 1 INTRODUCTION 2 METHODOLOGY 3 STUDIES OF VARIATION IN L1 SPOKEN FRENCH 4 IMMERSION STUDENTS¿ MASTERY OF SPOKEN FRENCH VARIATION 5 POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF INCREASED L1 INPUT IN THE IMMERSION CLASSROOM 6 CONCLUSION

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