I wish to thank the VELUX Foundation for supporting this research financially. I am also indebted to Teresa Cadierno and Johannes Wagner as well as to the editor, Lourdes Ortega, and three anonymous reviewers for comments. Needless to say, any remaining flaws are my responsibility.
L2 Negation Constructions at Work
Version of Record online: 11 APR 2012
© 2012 Language Learning Research Club, University of Michigan
Volume 62, Issue 2, pages 335–372, June 2012
How to Cite
Eskildsen, S. W. (2012), L2 Negation Constructions at Work. Language Learning, 62: 335–372. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9922.2012.00698.x
- Issue online: 8 MAY 2012
- Version of Record online: 11 APR 2012
- Revised version accepted 16 April 2011
- second language acquisition;
- usage-based linguistics;
- second language interaction;
- English negation
This article explores the usage- and exemplar-based roots of second language (L2) negation construction learning. Based on two longitudinal case studies involving two adult L2 English learners and a corpus of 63 three-hour sessions of recorded classroom interactions, the study shows that L2 learning follows the predictions of usage-based models of language knowledge and acquisition, as the two participants’ learning of English negation constructions is found to go from recurring expressions toward an increasingly schematic, dynamic inventory of linguistic resources. Furthermore, exploring the evolution of two negation patterns in ongoing discourse, I suggest that local usage and long-term learning are inseparable and call for further detailed investigations of how locally contextualized interactions influence L2 development.