GESTURES AND PARALANGUAGE IN SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION: IMMERSION STUDENTS IN ROMANIA Cover Image

GESTURES AND PARALANGUAGE IN SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION: IMMERSION STUDENTS IN ROMANIA
GESTURES AND PARALANGUAGE IN SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION: IMMERSION STUDENTS IN ROMANIA

Author(s): Diana Roxana Cotrău
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai
Keywords: sociocultural theory; immersion students; mediation; internalization; self- and other-regulation.

Summary/Abstract: Gestures and Paralanguage in Second Language Acquisition: Immersion Students in Romania. Of late, sociocultural theory has inspired a number of applied linguists to forge new lines of research on second language acquisition. Starting from the SCT (sociocultural theory) basic tenet that language, culture and cognition are inextricably linked, and that no social activity – learning a foreign language included – can be studied outside the learner’s sociocutural context, linguists are trying to establish the ways in which cultural specific concepts in the second language are internalized by the L2 learner and the extent to which thinking and meaning making are, or may be, coded in L2. This paper studies the way a group of immersion L2 advanced learners externalize their thoughts and experiences in the foreign language and how they complement their language production with paralanguage and gestures, for appropriate and efficient communication.

  • Issue Year: 54/2009
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 117-126
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: English