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Inner Speech - L2

Thinking Words in a Second Language

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According to Vygotsky (1986), The decreasing vocalization of egocentric speech denotes a developing abstraction from sound, the child's new faculty to "think words" instead of pronouncing them. This is the positive meaning of the sinking coefficient of egocentric speech. The downward curve indicates development toward inner speech, (p. 230) The purpose of this volume is to explore the faculty to "think words," not as the ability to mentally evoke words in the native (or first) language (LI) but as the faculty 1 to conjure up in the mind words in a second language (L2). To think words rather than to pronounce them is possible through inner speech, a function that humans develop in the course of childhood as they internalize the speech of the social group among which they grow. This means internalizing and being able to conduct inner speech in a particular linguistic code, the LI. But humans, at a very early or more mature age, may also come into contact and interact verbally with speakers of other languages, in classrooms or natural settings. The possibility thus emerges of internalizing an L2 in such a way that inner speech in the L2 might evolve. In this book, it is argued that, given certain conditions of L2 learning, it is possible for learners to attain inner speech in the L2. This book examines the distinctive nature of L2 inner speech and the processes that engender it and characterize its development.


Titel: Inner Speech - L2
Autoren/Herausgeber: Maria C.M. de Guerrero
Aus der Reihe: Educational Linguistics
Ausgabe: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2005

ISBN/EAN: 9781441937544

Seitenzahl: 252
Format: 23,5 x 15,5 cm
Produktform: Taschenbuch/Softcover
Gewicht: 415 g
Sprache: Englisch

María C. M. de Guerrero has vast experience as a professional in the field of second language teaching and learning. She has taught EFL/ESL for over thirty years in Argentina and Puerto Rico and offers courses in psycholinguistics and research methods at the graduate level. She works at the English Department of Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Metropolitan Campus. She has published articles in The Modern Language Journal, Applied Linguistics, Language Teaching Research, TESOL Quarterly, Issues in Applied Linguistics, the International Journal of Applied Linguistics, the Journal of Second Language Writing, Foreign Language Annals, and in the edited volumes Vygotskyan Approaches to Second Language Research (Ablex) and Applied Linguistics and Language Teacher Education (Springer).

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