Interlanguage pragmatics

Gabriele Kasper
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Interlanguage pragmatics (ILP) represents an intersection of pragmatics and the study of second language acquisition. ‘Interlanguage’, a central construct in second language acquisition research, refers to second language learners’ developing (partly instable, transient) knowledge of a target language (L2) (Selinker 1972). Interlanguage includes features from L2, from the learner’s first language or other languages she may know (L1/Ln), and autonomous features which can neither be found in L1 or L2. Interlanguage theory was first formulated with a view to learners’ formal linguistic knowledge. When the first ILP studies appeared in 1979, interlanguage syntax, morphology, and phonology were already well-established areas of investigation.

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