Cut Offs and Restarts in L2 Discussion Tasks: Preliminary Observations

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Yatağanbaba E. , Sert O.

BREAKING THE BOUNDARIES, 11 th Brno Conference of English, American and Canadian Studies, Brno, Czech Republic, 12 - 14 February 2020, pp.95

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Brno
  • Country: Czech Republic
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Cut Offs and Restarts in L2 Discussion Tasks: Preliminary Observations

This study explores cut

offs and restarts as self initiated self repairs (SISR) in L2

discussion tasks. It is based on longitudinal data (L2DISCO: Sert 2016, 2017) that

comes from 6 L2 discussion tasks audio recorded at different time periods over a

year at a Turkish higher education context. Drawing on a collection of 124

instances, the data were analyzed by adopting Conversation Analysis methodology

(CA) manually and paying specific at tention to organization details of cut offs and

restarts. As a post micro analytic practice, the Antconc corpus analysis toolkit was

used to reveal the frequency and collocational information, informed by a tag set

developed by the authors, followed by a p lot analysis. Taking a developmental

perspective, concordance plots were examined to observe cut off and restart

frequencies of each SISR instance to observe any potential increase or decrease

throughout two semesters. The results revealed that the learner s resorted to SISR

to repair lexical, phonological and syntactic structures by repetition, deletion,

replacement, insertion, reordering and abortion or abandonment through hesitation

markers, pauses, cut offs, and restarts. Cut offs and restarts were ident ified as the

most frequently occurring self repair initiator in the data. This exploratory and

preliminary study is intended to demonstrate the organization of SISR initiators

with a specific focus on cut offs and restarts and provide evidence for potentia l L2

development to contribute to the ongoing research program on the development

of L2 interactional competence.