Acquisition of sociolinguistic competence among second language (L2) learners
What does it take for a second language learner to sound like a native speaker of the language? Beyond the acquisition of prescriptive grammar features, vocabulary, and native-like pronunciation patterns, the learner also must acquire the sociolinguistic variation characteristics of native-speaker discourse, including the same range and rate of variants, along with their respective social and linguistic constraints (Mougeon et al. 2004:409).
This course will explore how sociolinguistic competence, which is typically untaught in classroom settings, is learned by L2 speakers, the role of L2 proficiency in the acquisition of native-like patterns of variation, and the methodological tools used to assess it. Special attention will be given to acquisition of sociolinguistic norms in L2 French and L2 English.
Weekly readings will be assigned from a variety of sources (see ‘Bibliography’)
- Presention (critical analysis of an article) (20%)
- Assignment (data analysis) (20%)
- Research project (60%)
Bayley, Robert. 2005. Second language acquisition and sociolinguistic variation. Intercultural Communication Studies 14:1-13.
Bayley, Robert and Vera Regan. 2004. Introduction: The acquisition of sociolinguistic competence. In Robert Bayley and Vera Regan (eds.) Sociolinguistics and Second Language Acquisition. Special Issue of the Journal of Sociolinguistics 8: 323-338.
Blondeau, Hélène, Naomi Nagy, Gillian Sankoff and Pierrette Thibault. 2002. La couleur locale du français des Anglo-Montréalais. Acquisition et Interaction en Langue Étrangère 17 :76-100.
Dewaele, J.-M. 2007. Diachronic and/or synchronic variation? The acquisition of sociolinguistic competence in L2 French. In D. Ayoun (ed.) Handbook of French Applied Linguistics. Amsterdam: Benjamins, pp. 208-236.
Dewaele, J.-M. 2004. The acquisition of sociolinguistic competence in French as a foreign language: An overview. In F. Myles & R. Towell (eds.) The acquisition of French as a second language. Special issue of Journal of French Language Studies, 14, 301-319.
Dewaele, J.-M. 2004. Retention or omission of the 'ne' in advanced French IL: the variable effect of extralinguistic factors. In V. Regan & R. Bayley (eds.) Sociolinguistics and Second Language Acquisition. Special issue of the Journal of Sociolinguistics, 8 (3), 433-450.
Gardner, Robert C. and Wallace E. Lambert. 1972. Attitudes and Motivation in Language Learning. Rowley, M.A.: Newbury House.
Howard, Martin, Isabelle Lemée and Vera Regan. 2006. The L2 acquisition of a socio-phonetic variable: The case of /l/ deletion in French. Journal of French Language Studies 16:1-24.
Howard, Martin, Raymond Mougeon and Jean-Marc Dewaele. 2013. Sociolinguistics and second language acquisition. In Robert Bayley, Richard Cameron and Ceil Lucas (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 340-359.
Mougeon, Raymond, Terry Nadasdi and Katherine Rehner. 2010. The Sociolinguistic Competence of Immersion Students. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
Nadasdi, Terry, Raymond Mougeon, and Katherine Rehner. 2003. Emploi du ‘futur’ dans le français parlé d’élèves d’immersion. Journal of French Language Studies 13: 195-219.
Nagy, Naomi, Hélène Blondeau and Julie Auger. 2003. Second language acquisition and ‘real’ French: An investigation of subject doubling in the French of Montreal Anglophones. Language Variation and Change 15: 73-103.
Piller, Ingrid. 2002. Passing for a native speaker: Identity and success in second language learning. Journal of Sociolinguistics 6: 179-208.