Speaking and pronunciation

Anne C. Burns, Barbara Seidlhofer

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We take as our starting point the notion of spoken language in use, drawing on insights from discourse analysis which makes it clear that language is used to negotiate and achieve meaning in social contexts and so cannot be divorced from those contexts. This perspective tasks us beyond a purely psycholinguistic model of speech where underlying mental processes are highlighted (e.g. Levelt, 1989). The perspective also takes us beyond the focus on the sentence, which has traditionally been the unit of analysis in much grammatical analysis and language teaching.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAn introduction to applied linguistics
EditorsNorbert Schmitt
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)9780340984475
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2010


  • spoken language
  • discourse analysis
  • meaning
  • social contexts
  • psycholinguistic model
  • underlying mental processes
  • grammatical analysis
  • language teaching

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    Burns, A. C., & Seidlhofer, B. (2010). Speaking and pronunciation. In N. Schmitt (Ed.), An introduction to applied linguistics (2nd ed., pp. 187-214). Hodder.