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Social Interaction in Second Language Chat Rooms

Christopher Jenks

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Examines social interaction in second language voice-based chat rooms

How do speakers of English as an additional language manage their talk and interaction in chat rooms?

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Part I: Survey
1. Introduction to the Book
2. Social Interaction and Chat Rooms
3. CMC and Applied Linguistics
4. Introduction to CMSI
Part II: Analysis
5. Talking Online: CMSI Features
6. Turn-Taking in Chat Rooms: Texting versus Talking
7. Contextual Challenges in CMSI
Part III: Application
8. Teaching and Learning
9. Social and Cultural Issues
10. Discussion and Conclusion

About the Author

Christopher J. Jenks is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at University of South Dakota. His research deals primarily with computer-mediated communication, intercultural communication, English as a lingua franca, and second language acquisition. Other research expertise includes epistemological and methodological issues in applied linguistics research. He publishes widely in top international journals and is currently working on several book-length publications.


A thorough study of computer mediated social interaction.

- Jose Ignacio Aguilar Río, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris III, Linguist List

The conversation analytic perspective of this volume provides original insights on online voice interaction. Jenks' skilful analysis demonstrates how speakers of English as an additional language acquire interactional competence during online social interaction. It is a significant contribution to the burgeoning online interaction research agenda.

- Vincenza Tudini, Research Centre for Languages and Cultures, University of South Australia

This book is an invaluable resource for social science students, specifically those interested in the areas of applied linguistics and intercultural communication. Overall it is quite accessible event to those who do not have a good grasp of areas such as conversation analysis and online communication. There is hardly any assumption of prior knowledge as it makes sure all terminology is extensively defined and the literature of the different fields well reviewed and contextualised.

- Hanan Ben Nafa, Manchester Metropolitan University, BAAL News

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