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Kim2019a
BibType ARTICLE
Key Kim2019a
Author(s) Du Re Kim
Title Emergence of Proactive Self-Initiated Self-Repair as an Indicator of L2 IC Development
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Tag(s) EMCA, Interactional competence, Repair, Self-repair, L2, In press
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Year 2019
Language English
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Journal Applied Linguistics
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DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/applin/amz047
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Abstract

This article finds empirical evidence of second language (L2) interactional competence (IC) and its development by focusing on one of the interactional practices: self-repairing. Compared to prior repair IC studies which mainly have explored how L2 speakers deal with evident L2-related troubles in conversation, this study focuses on cases in which they deploy self-repair when there are no such linguistic problems in previous talk, taking Mauranen’s (2006) dichotomy between retroactive and proactive self-repairs. After analyzing the conversation by L2 speakers with different oral proficiency, this study discovers whereas novice and intermediate speakers self-repair for correcting what is lexically or grammatically problematic, advanced speakers deploy self-repair mostly for pre-empting possible misunderstandings. Advanced speakers replace the previous items into words that are specific in the meaning range by fine-tuning the level of ‘granularity’ (Schegloff 2000) to avoid ambiguity and further other-initiated repair. The findings suggest that the development of L2 IC involves speakers’ ability to detect potential problems in the eyes of the recipients and replace them in advance.

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