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dc.contributor.authorDewaele, Jean-Marc
dc.date.accessioned2008-08-29T19:04:24Z
dc.date.available2008-08-29T19:04:24Z
dc.date.issued2000
dc.identifier.citationInternational Review of Applied Linguistics, 38(1): 31-47
dc.identifier.issn0019-042X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10315/1446
dc.description.abstractThe utterance is a widely used linguistic unit. It seems, however, to escape every attempt to define it unequivocally. There seems to be a consensus in applied linguistics that a fuzzy combination of syntactic, semantic and prosodic clues are necessary to identify the boundaries of an utterance. Drawing upon our own research in advanced French interlanguage, we present an analysis of the measure "Mean Length of Utterance" (MLU), widely used in studies on first language acquisition and speech disorders and, to a lesser extent, in second language acquisition. MLU is shown to be methodologically unreliable for adult speech. We argue that other measures of utterance length, like the MLU3, are sounder and can help to gain a better understanding of synchronic variation in speech.en
dc.language.isofr
dc.publisherMouton Publishers
dc.subjectSecond language acquisition
dc.subjectMLU Index
dc.subjectFirst Language Acquisition
dc.subjectMean Length of Utterance
dc.subjectSecond Language Learning Index
dc.titleSaisir l'insaisissable ? Les mesures de longueur d'énoncés en linguistique appliquée
dc.typeArticle


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