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Orienting to a co-participant’s emotion in French L2: A resource to participate in and sustain a conversation

Evelyne Berger & Virginie Fasel Lauzon

Résumé This chapter examines emotion displays in second language (L2) dyadic interactions involving an L2 French-speaking au pair and her L1 French-speaking host family. Data are drawn from a corpus of audio-recorded dinnertime talk. The analysis focuses on the ways the au pair displays her orientation to a co-­participant’s emotional stance. The study shows that the ability to appropriately display, recognize, and respond to emotions is an important part of L2 interactional competence. Orienting to a co-participant’s emotional stances plays a central role in allowing the au pair and her host family to establish “emotional solidarity,” leading to her status as an “insider,” legitimate interactional partner, and valued member of the family.
   
Mots-clés conversation analysis, dinnertime talk, interactional competence, second language conversation, emotional stance, French, homestay
   
Citation Berger, E., & Fasel Lauzon, V. (2016). Orienting to a co-participant’s emotion in French L2: A resource to participate in and sustain a conversation. In Doing emotion in multilingual talk. (pp. 87-110). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
   
Type Chapitre de livre (Anglais)
Année 2016
Titre du livre Doing emotion in multilingual talk
Editeur commercial John Benjamins (Amsterdam)
Pages 87-110