Orientation to language learning over time: A case analysis on the repertoire addition of a lexical item

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This article explores language learning as the speakers' microlongitudinal project in interaction. Using conversation analysis (CA) as a method, we present a single-case analysis on how a change occurs in the linguistic repertoire of 2 learners of Finnish. We discuss the challenges that the temporal aspect in learning poses within CA, such as the difficulty in documenting a change on the one hand, and on the other hand, the risk of losing the emic perspective of the participants if they do not orient to the change. By illustrating a complete learning project, which begins when the participants encounter a need to use a certain (for them, unknown) word and ends when they use the word independently in interaction, we will demonstrate how a change in the linguistic repertoire of the participants occurs, as a result of their own actions and orientations, without compromising CA's emic perspective. It will be argued that the unique capacity of CA to recover the participants' sense-making practices in interaction gives us a lens to not only document change but also to understand its internal dynamics.
TidskriftModern Language Journal
Sidor (från-till)647-661
Antal sidor15
StatusPublicerad - sep 2020
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


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