Fluency in L2 Learning and Use Edited by: Pekka Lintunen, Maarit Mutta, Pauliina Peltonen

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06 Dec 2019
Second Language Acquisition
Multilingual Matters
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This book brings together theoretical and empirical approaches to second language (L2) fluency and provides a state-of-the-art overview of current research on the topic. The strength of the volume lies in its interdisciplinarity: the chapters approach fluency from non-traditional starting points and go beyond disciplinary boundaries in their contributions. The volume includes chapters investigating fluency from an L2 perspective and integrates perspectives from related fields, such as psycholinguistics, sign language studies and L2 assessment. The book extends the common foci and approaches of fluency studies and offers new perspectives that enable readers to evaluate critically existing paradigms and models. This encourages the development of more comprehensive frameworks and directs future L2 fluency research into new areas of L2 learning and use.


This volume’s strength rests in the coverage of multi-disciplinary perspectives that offer a comprehensive conceptualization of fluency. Based on reviews of theoretical frameworks and actual empirical findings, the discussion on fluency extends from SLA to areas, such as sign language and translation studies, where fluency research has been less prominent. It represents an invaluable source for students, teachers, and scholars who are interested in fluency as a multi-faceted phenomenon.

- Slobodanka Dimova, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

This volume makes an extremely valuable contribution to fluency research. The chapters take refreshingly new perspectives on the topic and put forward innovative theoretical and methodological additions to the field. The volume is highly thought-provoking and extremely hard to put down. A must-read for every researcher interested in fluency.

- Sandra Götz, University of Giessen, Germany

Author Biography:

Pekka Lintunen is a Senior Lecturer in English, University of Turku, Finland and an Adjunct Professor in Applied Linguistics, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. His main research field is L2 spoken language and pronunciation. Recently he has focused on the fluency and complexity of learner language, learner perceptions and beliefs, and informal language learning.

Maarit Mutta is a Senior Lecturer in French, University of Turku, Finland and an Adjunct Professor in Foreign Language Learning, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Her research has mainly focused on online processes of writing, role of vocabulary in writing, writing fluency and writer profiles. Recently she has also studied informal language learning.

Pauliina Peltonen is a Doctoral Student in the Department of English, University of Turku, Finland. In her doctoral dissertation, she examines the interplay between fluency and problem-solving mechanisms. She has also collaborated on papers focusing on intonation and fluency and pronunciation feedback.

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Postgraduate, Research / Professional, Undergraduate

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