Dialect Variation and Second-Language Intelligibility

  • Miriam R. Eisenstein
Part of the Topics in Language and Linguistics book series (TLLI)


Despite our growing awareness of variation and its role in second-language acquisition, and the recent attention given to variability in the learner’s inter-language (see Ellis, 1986), much current research and pedagogy presumes a single dialect of the target language as a baseline for the analysis of the learner’s comprehension and production. The limitations imposed by such an assumption are particularly inappropriate for the consideration of second-language acquisition in urban centers, which are likely to contain speakers representing a range of social and regional dialects. Hyltenstam (1981) and Kachru (1982) have emphasized the fact that many learners must communicate in an environment that involves contact with speakers of diverse target-language varieties.


Language Acquisition Comprehension Score Nonnative Speaker DIAlECT Variation English Dialect 
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  • Miriam R. Eisenstein
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  1. 1.Department of Communication Arts and SciencesNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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