The Development of Second Language Grammar in a Study Abroad Context

Authored by: Martin Howard , John W. Schwieter

The Routledge Handbook of Study Abroad Research and Practice

Print publication date:  June  2018
Online publication date:  June  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138192393
eBook ISBN: 9781315639970
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315639970-9

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Abstract

While study abroad research in recent years is witnessing burgeoning growth, second language (L2) learners’ linguistic development during and as a result of a study abroad experience has long been a focus of investigation. Since Carroll (1967), there has been an extensive body of research that illuminates such linguistic development, both longitudinally and in comparison with learners in other learning contexts, primarily traditional classroom environments but also in other immersion contexts (Collentine & Freed, 2004). This work allows extensive insight into different facets of the learner’s L2 linguistic repertoire, such as the grammatical (Juan-Garau, 2014), the lexical (Milton & Meara, 1995), the sociolinguistic (Howard, 2012a), and the phonological (Mora, 2008) as well as various sociopragmatic (Barron, 2000) and interactional (Taguchi, 2015) features, along with fluency (Freed, Segalowitz, & Dewey, 2004) and communication strategies (Lafford, 1995).

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