An update on discourse functions and syntactic complexity in synchronous and asynchronous communication

Susana Sotillo

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Abstract

The following commentary presents an overview of earlier studies of discourse functions and syntactic complexity as well as recent investigations that focus on interaction and measures of syntactic and lexical complexity in learners' output in traditional classrooms and computer-mediated environments. Recent studies emphasize the need for better measures that capture lexical and syntactic complexity as these relate to learners' development of academic writing, conversational competence, and pragmatic competence in digitally-mediated environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-171
Number of pages6
JournalLanguage Learning and Technology
Volume20
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

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Syntactics
discourse
communication
Communication
pragmatics
classroom
interaction
Asynchronous Communication
Discourse Functions
Syntactic Complexity
Pragmatic Competence
Syntax
Academic Writing
Interaction

Keywords

  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Research methods
  • Vocabulary
  • Writing

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An update on discourse functions and syntactic complexity in synchronous and asynchronous communication. / Sotillo, Susana.

In: Language Learning and Technology, Vol. 20, No. 2, 01.01.2016, p. 166-171.

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