A multidimensional analysis of learner language during story reconstruction in interviews

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In this research, we aim at profiling the picture description component of theLouvain International Database of Spoken English Interlanguage (LINDSEI)from a variationist perspective by using English as a Foreign Language (EFL)learner and native speaker data. Our aim is to gain further insight into thelinguistic nature of one of the communicative events that is used to assessgeneral ‘proficiency’: the interview. Our results show that the EFL learnersrepresented in the LINDSEI approach the picture description task in waysthat differ from the native speaker (NS) data set. This research discusses thedifferences in the frequency of use of several linguistic features and attempts toaccount for the impact of this gap between NS and non-native speaker (NNS)uses. From a language testing and assessment (LTA) perspective, our results andresearch methodology can be of use to complement the parameters that ratersand testers usually employ to assess the quality of L2 output.


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