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Task communicative function and oral fluency of L1 and L2 speakers

Morrison, A. and Tavakoli, P. ORCID: (2023) Task communicative function and oral fluency of L1 and L2 speakers. Modern Language Journal. ISSN 1540-4781

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/modl.12883


To respond to recent calls for examining oral fluency from a broader social and communicative perspective, the current study aimed at investigating the effects of task communicative function on L2 and L1 speakers’ fluency. Designing tasks that represent three different communicative functions (Congratulation, Bad News and Complaint), we collected data from 40 Spanish L2 learners of English, 20 L1 English speakers, and 20 L1 Spanish speakers. The data were analysed for a range of measures of speed, composite, breakdown and repair fluency. Results of the statistical analyses (descriptive, MANOVA and two-way-mixed ANOVAs) suggested that task communicative function had an impact on the speakers’ performance with Bad News eliciting the slowest speech and most mid-clause pauses, and Complaint the fastest with fewest end-clause pauses. Significant differences were observed across the tasks for speech rate and end-clause pauses in L1 English group, but the results were non-significant for task effects in L1 Spanish and L2 English groups. The three language groups’ fluency was statistically different highlighting a) cross-linguistic differences between L1 Spanish and L1 English, and b) differences between L1 and L2 English speakers.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IDRCs) > Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM)
Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Language and Applied Linguistics
ID Code:113206


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