Cognitive insights into discourse markers and second language acquisition

Iria Bello, Carolina Bernales, Maria Vittoria Calvi, Elena Landone

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This volume employs a range of empirical methodologies - including eyetracking, direct observation, qualitative research and corpus analysis - to describe the use of discourse markers in second language acquisition. The variety of different approaches used by the contributors facilitates the observation of correlations between morphosyntactic, semantic and pragmatic features of discourse markers and enriches our understanding of the cognitive behaviour of L2 speakers, both in the understanding and production of texts. Some of the essays examine the acquisitional paths of discourse markers in instructional and natural contexts, with a particular focus on situations of language contact and social integration; others describe experimental studies that analyse the cognitive processing of discourse markers in L2 learners. All the contributions aim to offer new insights which will expand and develop existing theoretical claims about this area of study and open up avenues for further research.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherPeter Lang AG
Number of pages256
ISBN (Electronic)9781787078925
ISBN (Print)9781787078918
StatePublished - 11 Feb 2019


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