Making Sense: Interlanguage's Intertalk in Exolingual Conversation

Py, Bernard

In: Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 1986, vol. 8, no. 3, p. 343-353

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    Summary
    This article describes processes of facilitation involved in exolingual conversation, i.e., interaction between partners who are dynamically adjusting their respective linguistic performances. The type of exolingual conversation examined in this paper is that between foreign learners and native speakers. The foreign learner's linguistic competence, known as interlanguage, and his performance, which I refer to as intertalk, give rise to certain strategies in exolingual conversation. By studying these strategies, linguists can describe communicatively competent behavior in second language acquisition. I conclude that such behavior is dynamic and creative, incapable of being described and defined within predetermined structures