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Features of Spoken L3 English in an Online Discourse

This project analyses linguistic variation of text-based computer-mediated communication (CMC) in the form of forum discussions on MOODLE by third language (L3) learners/users.

Dr. Tanja Angelovska & Prof. Dr. Angela Hahn

Duration: 2012-2013 (completed).

This project analyses linguistic variation of text-based computer-mediated communication (CMC) in the form of forum discussions on a MOODLE (open-source community-based tool for learning) learning platform. We analyse learners' electronic English (Callot and Belmore 1996, 21) with all its spoken characteristics present in the written language of 18 third language (L3) learners/users. The participants have no background in linguistics, are of different mother tongues, of different levels of L3 proficiency and have the same order of second (German) and third (English) acquired languages. Our L3 users have learned English in a blended-learning concept that includes face-to-face meetings, block seminars, and online participation on MOODLE. The methods we use to analyse our data require a comparison of learners' language use in the forum discussions with learners' face-to-face communication sessions. We hypothesise that our group of participants will use L3 English to reflect the rhythm of speech rather than to ensure grammatical completeness and correctness of sentences. Thus, our aim is to find out whether forum discussions of the L3 learners of English reflect a conversational tone and if yes, in which aspects and how. The extent of the variability in the CMC asynchronous mode and their face-to-face interaction is crucial for characterising the distinct spoken features of L3 English.

Angelovska, T. & Hahn, A. (2013). "Features of spoken L3 English in an online discourse". In: Röder, Kathrin & Wischer, Ilse (eds.). Anglistentag 2012 Potsdam: Proceedings, WTV: Trier. ISBN: 978-3-86821-488-8.