A study in miscommunication analysis: Which L2 errors tend to trigger referential communication breakdowns?

Ryan, Jonathon (2013) A study in miscommunication analysis: Which L2 errors tend to trigger referential communication breakdowns? In: ALANZ & ALAA Conference, 27-29th November, 2013, Wellington.

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The present study complemented error analysis with an approach to miscommunication analysis. Triggers of referential miscommunications were identified, analysed and classified, in order to explore error gravity on the bases of quantitative and qualitative findings. Data were collected from thirty L2-L1 and L1-L1 narrative retellings, and miscommunications were identified through stimulated recall interviews; problematic noun phrases were analysed through an Accessibility Theory (Ariel, 2001) framework. Among the findings, evidence is presented of the frequency and conditions under which certain noun phrase errors were misinterpreted, and of the existence of indirect triggers, in which grammatically accurate utterances were misinterpreted due to pervasive yet seemingly trivial errors found in previous utterances. The paper concludes by arguing not only that miscommunication analysis provides a sound basis for judging error gravity, but that it reveals problematic aspects of language use that may be overlooked in standard approaches to error analysis.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords that describe the item:error analysis, error gravity, retellings, accessibility theory
Subjects:P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Languages
ID Code:2955
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