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Cognitive Insights into Discourse Markers and Second Language Acquisition

Edited By Iria Bello, Carolina Bernales, Maria Vittoria Calvi and Elena Landone

This volume employs a range of empirical methodologies – including eyetracking, direct observation, qualitative research and corpus analysis – to describe the use of discourse markers in second language acquisition. The variety of different approaches used by the contributors facilitates the observation of correlations between morphosyntactic, semantic and pragmatic features of discourse markers and enriches our understanding of the cognitive behaviour of L2 speakers, both in the understanding and production of texts. Some of the essays examine the acquisitional paths of discourse markers in instructional and natural contexts, with a particular focus on situations of language contact and social integration; others describe experimental studies that analyse the cognitive processing of discourse markers in L2 learners. All the contributions aim to offer new insights which will expand and develop existing theoretical claims about this area of study and open up avenues for further research.

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SIMONA ANASTASIO is a PhD student in Language Sciences at the Université Paris 8 (France) and the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (Italy) (cotutelle agreement). She is currently fixed-term Professor of French L2 in the International Relations Department of the University Paris Est Marne La Vallée. In recent years, she has participated in various conferences and has published articles on her areas of research specialization, that is, first and second language acquisition. In particular, she focuses on dynamic spatial relations, inter-typological and intra-typological variations, psycholinguistics, discourse markers, reformulations and verb morphology.

IRIA BELLO VIRUEGA is a research assistant at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Germany). She received her MA in English Studies and her PhD in English Linguistics from the Universidade da Coruña (Spain). Currently she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Spanish and English Linguistics and Translation and her main research interests are corpus and experimental linguistics, information processing and focalization processes. Within the research group ‘Discourse Particles and Cognition’ (DPKog), she studies the processing of pragmatic scales and discourse markers using eye-tracking.

CAROLINA BERNALES holds a MA in Applied English Linguistics and a PhD in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (US). She currently works as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Linguistics Department at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Chile), where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in English syntax, academic writing and second language acquisition. She also serves on the editorial board of...

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