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Studies on Language Norms in Context

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Edited By Elena Maria Pandolfi, Johanna Miecznikowski, Sabine Christopher and Alain Kamber

This book deepens the insight into the setting and monitoring of language norms in different contexts. One focus lies on institutional contexts, in which the authors examine standardization, language policy and the implementation of usage norms. In the context of language learning, the authors investigate cognitive strategies of L2 norm construction by initial learners, L2 norms in grammars as well as interactional norms regulating teacher behavior. Finally, the volume theoretically explores the nature of discourse norms and examines their management and metadiscursive formulation in a variety of communicative activities and genres.

Contributions to the volume are predominantly in English, some in German.

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The first encounter with a norm: Perception and analysis of L2 initial input (Giuliano Bernini)

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Giuliano Bernini

Università degli Studi di Bergamo Dipartimento di Lingue, letterature e culture straniere Piazza Rosate 2, Bergamo, Italia giuliano.bernini@unibg.it

The first encounter with a norm: Perception and analysis of L2 initial input*

Abstract: On the background of Coseriu’s notion of norm, native input processing by second language learners is considered with respect to perception and grammatical analysis. The controlled input of a fourteen-hour Polish course designed within the VILLA project (Varieties of Initial Learners in (Second) Language Acquisition) is discussed as the norm presented to learners with regard to transparency and frequency of the word forms selected and modality of input presentation, either with or without focus on form and corrective feedback. Learners appear to be sensitive to the modalities of presentation, which favor processing strategies on the basis of form frequency or of attention to the phonetic forms of words.

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