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Elaine Tarone

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(United States )

Elaine Tarone directs the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota, where she has taught linguistics since 1979.  She studied English and Spanish at Berkeley University, California, before (like Selinker), working with Pitt Corder at Edinburgh University in 1969.  She took her doctorate in speech science and applied linguistics at the University of Washington.

The recipient of a number of awards for teaching and research, Tarone is known for her sociolinguistic approach to research in second language acquisition, particularly interlanguage variation and more recently language play.

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Tarone, E., & Swierzbin, B. (2009). Exploring Learner Language. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Swierzbin, B., & Morris, F., Anderson, M.,  Klee, C. & Tarone, E. (Eds.) (2000). The Interaction of Social and Cognitive Factors in SLA: Proceedings of the 1999 Second Language Research Forum. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Elaine Tarone, Susan Gass and Andrew Cohen, (Eds.). (1994). Issues in Second Language Acquisition Research Methodology Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers.  


  1. Tarone's university homepage
  2. Read more: Language play

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