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Developing Sociolinguistic Competence in a Second Language

Janet Holmes and Dorothy F. Brown
TESOL Quarterly
Vol. 10, No. 4 (Dec., 1976), pp. 423-431
DOI: 10.2307/3585523
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3585523
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Developing Sociolinguistic Competence in a Second Language
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Abstract

This paper presents and discusses some exercises designed to help the second language learner develop both receptive and productive sociolinguistic competence. The exercises stress the notion of appropriate usage and the potential differences between the sociolinguistic norms of the source and target languages; the importance of recognizing the social meaning or latent function of utterances; and the desirability of learners making an active contribution to the development of conversations.

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