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Communicating in a lingua franca: children’s interaction in an international summer camp

Yang, J. and Zhu, Hua (2010) Communicating in a lingua franca: children’s interaction in an international summer camp. Sociolinguistic Studies 4 (3), pp. 535-552. ISSN 1750-8657.

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to investigate how children negotiate their language and social roles using English as a lingua franca in an international summer camp. Through detailed analysis of interactions in a group activity, it is found that the children employ a range of linguistic and interactional resources, in particular, language alternation, clarification and repair, and shadowing, to negotiate and manage their participation, despite disparities of their English language abilities. The analysis also shows how the participants deal with the tensions in group dynamics, which arise partly out of discrepancies between their self-perceived and other-perceived language abilities. The findings have theoretical and practical implications for understanding and facilitating youth interaction in multicultural settings.

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: 09 Jul 2012 07:54
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:23
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4907

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