General extender use in spoken Peninsular Spanish: Metapragmatic awareness and pedagogical implications

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Abstract

This article examines vague lexical features in unplanned, naturally occurring spoken discourse among speakers of Peninsular Spanish. It focuses on vague multi-word expressions that are part of a larger category of General Extenders (GEs, Overstreet 1999). Drawing on a subset of data from the Corpus Oral de Referencia del Español Contemporáneo (COREC), the article describes GEs in terms of form and frequency, and illustrates the use of the three most frequent GEs vis-à-vis discursive and pragmatic functions in spoken discourse. Based on GEs’ many and pivotal interactional functions as well as their frequency in attested interactions, this article proposes that language learners’ metapragmatic awareness of GE use in L2 Spanish be promoted through corpus-informed instruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Spanish Language Teaching
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • General extenders
  • Metapragmatic awareness
  • Multi-word expressions
  • Spanish language teaching
  • Spoken Spanish
  • Vague language

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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