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ERIC Number: EJ1000007
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0267-6583
Input Processing of Chinese by "ab initio" Learners
Han, ZhaoHong; Liu, Zehua
Second Language Research, v29 n2 p145-164 Apr 2013
We report on a study of first-exposure learners with different first languages (L1s: English, Japanese) to examine their ability to process input for form and meaning. We used a rich set of tasks to tap respectively into processing, comprehension, imitation, and working memory. We show that there are advantages to having a first language (L1) that brings familiarity with the target language. We also show that when presented with natural auditory input, learners are able to process form only minimally. These findings are inconsistent with other studies that suggest that segmentation is easy and rapid. Additionally, we show that such learners comprehend meaning by relying on "top-down" strategies. These findings challenge some of the claims on Input Processing theory. (Contains 7 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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