Journal article

Interactional competence in L2 text-chat interactions: First-idea proffering in task openings

Makoto Abe, Carsten Roever

JOURNAL OF PRAGMATICS | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2019

Abstract

This study explores the opening phase of online task-based text-chat interactions between second language (L2) learners of English at three proficiency levels through a Conversation Analysis (CA) inspired, moment-by-moment analysis, and relates differences between groups to participants’ differential levels of interactional competence. We focus on sequential environments where the first idea potentially leading to an accomplishment of a decision-making task is proffered, as well as any preliminaries (e.g., greeting) prior to the first-idea proffer. We found that participants oriented to a normative expectation of proffering ideas for task accomplishment early on, regardless of proficiency. H..

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