L2 performance in text-chat and spoken discourse

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title L2 performance in text-chat and spoken discourse
Author(s) Sauro, Shannon
Date 2012
English abstract
The present study builds upon research in the CAF (complexity, accuracy, fluency) framework for examining learner performance to compare the lexical and syntactic complexity of learner output in spoken discourse and synchronous computer-mediated communication (SCMC) during completion of narrative tasks. Data were generated from transcripts and video-enhanced chatscripts for (N = 21) university learners of English from linguistically, educationally and digitally diverse backgrounds. Results revealed no significant difference in either the lexical or syntactic complexity of the narratives generated in these two modalities and instead found evidence that different types of learners in this heterogenous population were able to generate more complex language predominantly in one context over the other.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.system.2012.08.001 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Elsevier
Host/Issue System;3
Volume 40
ISSN 0346-251X
Pages 335-348
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) SCMC
spoken language
lexical complexity
syntactic complexity
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/14751 (link to this page)

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