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Negotiating co-participation: Embodied word searching sequences in paired L2 speaking tests
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Scandinavian Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8631-2173
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Abstract [en]

This study explores embodied word searching sequences in paired L2 speaking tests in a national test in basic Swedish for adult migrants in Sweden. A particular focus is given to sequences where the speaker invites the interlocutor to participate in the search and to extended word searches where co-participation is negotiated in different ways. Drawing on an embodied interactional analysis of 27 video recorded paired speaking tests, this study shows how embodied semiotic resources are used both to negotiate participation in the word searching sequences and to display an avoidance to participate in the word search even when being invited to do so. Overall, the participants prioritize the progressivity of talk rather than pursuing lexical precision. This study argues that even though word search behaviour is similar across languages, it remains important to treat word searching as a contextualized interactional practice. Finally, this study makes the case that the test situation entails contextual constraints to the possibility of negotiation of meaning. 

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embodied word searching sequences, second language interaction, language test
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-158401OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-158401DiVA, id: diva2:1236013
Available from: 2018-07-30 Created: 2018-07-30 Last updated: 2018-08-01Bibliographically approved
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