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Multilingualism and affordances: variation in self-perceived communicative competence and communicative anxiety in French L1, L2, L3 and L4

Dewaele, Jean-Marc (2010) Multilingualism and affordances: variation in self-perceived communicative competence and communicative anxiety in French L1, L2, L3 and L4. IRAL - International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching 48 (2-3), pp. 105-129. ISSN 0019-042X.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/iral.2010.006

Abstract

In this contribution, I investigate the effect of the knowledge of other languages on self-perceived communicative competence and communicative anxiety in the French of 953 users. I tested the hypothesis that knowledge of more languages, specifically other Romance languages, create stronger or clearer affordances (Singleton & Aronin, Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching 1: 83–96, 2007), which may have a strengthening effect on self-perceived communicative competence in French and lead to less communicative anxiety using that language. Using the database collected through a web-based questionnaire (Dewaele & Pavlenko, Web questionnaire Bilingualism and emotions, University of London, 2001–2003), I focused on participants who had French as an L1, L2, L3 or L4. The analyses suggest that when a language is either very strong or very weak, the knowledge of other languages does not play a major role. However, at intermediate levels of proficiency, multilingualism and affordances can serve as a crutch in challenging communicative situations.

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: 13 Jan 2011 12:07
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:20
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2936

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