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Dynamic emotion concepts of L2 learners and L2 users: a second language acquisition perspective

Dewaele, Jean-Marc (2008) Dynamic emotion concepts of L2 learners and L2 users: a second language acquisition perspective. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 11 (2), pp. 173-175. ISSN 1366-7289.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1366728908003313

Abstract

Pavlenko's keynote paper calls for a rethinking of models of the mental lexicon in the light of recent research into emotion and bilingualism. The author makes a convincing case for the inclusion of affective aspects in the study of the mental lexicon. Indeed, the knowledge of the degree of emotionality of a word and of its affective valence is just as important as the knowledge of that word's grammatical class, or its gender. From a pragmatic point of view, one could argue that an L2 user's inaccurate or incomplete understanding of the emotionality and valence of an emotion word, or an emotion-laden word, in the L2 might lead to unwanted illocutionary effects, which might be far more embarrassing than phonological, morphological or syntactical errors.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2010 10:45
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:19
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2682

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