False starts as modified output in second language learners of English: implications for proficiency

Williams, Simon (2020) False starts as modified output in second language learners of English: implications for proficiency. BAAL 2019, Manchester Metropolitan University, 29–31 August 2019. Published in: British Association for Applied Linguistics: extended abstracts from BAAL 2019. a304 1-3. Manchester Metropolitan University

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Abstract

This study reports a number of formal differences in the false starts produced by second language speakers of English at two levels of fluency. The results have implications for learning and teaching, testing and materials writing. Previous descriptions of false starts have relied on psycholinguistic taxonomies (Levelt, 1983; Kormos, 1998) based on their imputed function, and have resulted in definitional ambiguity and problems in application, e.g. failure to discriminate between those of different proficiency levels. In view of the importance of false starts as sites of language acquisition (Swain, 1998), it is clearly of interest to identify features that will enable finer discrimination to take place. The position taken is that such features can be discovered between the false start content produced by learners at contrasting fluency levels..

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Keywords: False starts, Reformulations, Repairs, Second language speech production
Schools and Departments: School of English > Sussex Centre for Language Studies
SWORD Depositor: Mx Elements Account
Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2021 10:13
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2021 10:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/96802

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