Faculté des lettres et sciences humaines

La compétence sociolinguistique, pour quoi faire?

Nussbaum, Luci ; Unamuno, Virgínia

In: Bulletin VALS-ASLA, 2006, vol. 84, p. 47-65

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    In multilingual communities, competent individuals have the capacity to interpret the significance of language choice and code-switching and to make use of such procedures purposefully. This capacity, like the ability to recognise other forms of variation in a society, constitutes part of the speakers' sociolinguistic competence and is learned by taking active part in speech events that offer participants opportunities to interpret how linguistic resources are being used in talk-in-interaction. In our data, collected in the context of Catalan school, where three languages are learnt, the process of acquiring sociolinguistic competence starts when learners participate in interactions by using mixed or hybrid communicative forms. That creates the ground upon which they will build monolingual competences in the languages they are in contact with.