The practice of 'mediation' in English as a lingua franca interaction

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Hynninen , N 2011 , ' The practice of 'mediation' in English as a lingua franca interaction ' , Journal of Pragmatics , vol. 43 , no. 4 , pp. 965-977 .

Title: The practice of 'mediation' in English as a lingua franca interaction
Alternative title: Välittäjänä toimiminen englanti lingua francana -vuorovaikutuksessa
Author: Hynninen, Niina
Contributor organization: Department of Modern Languages 2010-2017
Date: 2011
Language: eng
Belongs to series: Journal of Pragmatics
ISSN: 0378-2166
Abstract: This paper investigates the mechanisms of mediation in an English-medium university seminar course. Mediation refers to a form of speaking for another where a co-participant starts rephrasing another participant’s turn that was addressed to a third party. The paper sets out to investigate mediation in multiparty interaction. It adopts a situated approach and combines analysis of university seminar course interaction with interview data. The findings suggest that mediation occurs frequently in the university course analysed and that the institutional practices of the course influence the practice of mediation: the course teachers take on the role of an intermediary. Mediation seems to have three main functions: (1) It facilitates understanding between participants. By providing alternative ways of expressing the same thing, intermediaries help participants to take part in the discussion. (2) Mediation organises discourse, and it is a way for the teachers to manage interaction. (3) It also has a socialising function in that it can include evaluation of students’ contributions. Mediation is a means to engage participants who otherwise may not be able to participate in the interaction, and thus serves as a useful co-operation strategy. (c) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Description: WOS:000288307500005 This publication zooms in on a pragmatic strategy that contributes to mutual understanding in ELF interaction. I have termed the strategy mediation to draw attention to the third person intervention it encompasses: while mediating, a speaker acts as an intermediary between two other speakers. The strategy is discussed in more detail as a language-regulatory practice in Hynninen (2013) and Hynninen (2016).
Subject: 6121 Languages
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