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Foreigner Talk
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Foreigner talk (yǔ wàiguórén jiāotán yǔ 與外國人交談語) refers to the discourse, modified from ordinary language in form and function, that is employed when native speakers (NS) and non-native speakers (NNS) communicate with each other in order to achieve more rapid and effective understanding (Ferguson 1971:141–150; Ellis 1994:133).

The research surrounding Chinese input discourse is primarily focused on “Teacher Talk”. Studies of “Foreign…

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Tian SI, “Foreigner Talk”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 21 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000158>
First published online: 2015

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