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Foreigner Talk
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Foreigner Talk is a continuum of formal and discourse modifications used by native speakers in communicating with nonnative speakers/learners (Ellis 1994:247). It is an automatic process triggered by the native speaker's realization that the nonnative speaker's proficiency level is low (Gass and Varonis 1985:149–162). The degree of modification is determined by the level of proficiency of the particular nonnative interlocutor in a certain interactive context (Gass 1997:66). Native speakers' modi…

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Mohamed El-Sharkawy, “Foreigner Talk”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 08 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0019>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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