Chapter published in:Current Theoretical and Applied Perspectives on Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics
Edited by Diego Pascual y Cabo and Idoia Elola
[Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 27] 2020
► pp. 63–84
Role of social interaction abroad in the L2 acquisition of sociolinguistic variation
The case of subject expression in the Dominican Republic
Previous studies have concluded that second language learners (L2Ls) are capable of acquiring sociolinguistic variation. Since previous studies have found conflicting evidence on the effect that social interaction abroad has on the acquisition of sociolinguistic variation, the present study addresses this gap by including measures of this individual difference. Participants consist of students from a large US university who participate in a 6-week study abroad program in Santiago, Dominican Republic, compared to an at-home group. Participants completed a Study Abroad Social Interaction Questionnaire (SASIQ) and written contextualized tasks. The main purpose of the study is to examine whether students approach local norms of subject expression after studying abroad and what role social interaction abroad has in the acquisition process.
Keywords: sociolinguistic variation, study abroad, SLA, subject expression, social interaction
Published online: 04 June 2020
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