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ERIC Number: EJ1130287
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 37
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0023-8333
Distributional Effects and Individual Differences in L2 Morphology Learning
Brooks, Patricia J.; Kwoka, Nicole; Kempe, Vera
Language Learning, v67 n1 p171-207 Mar 2017
Second language (L2) learning outcomes may depend on the structure of the input and learners' cognitive abilities. This study tested whether less predictable input might facilitate learning and generalization of L2 morphology while evaluating contributions of statistical learning ability, nonverbal intelligence, phonological short-term memory, and verbal working memory. Over three sessions, 54 adults were exposed to a Russian case-marking paradigm with a balanced or skewed item distribution in the input. Whereas statistical learning ability and nonverbal intelligence predicted learning of trained items, only nonverbal intelligence also predicted generalization of case-marking inflections to new vocabulary. Neither measure of temporary storage capacity predicted learning. Balanced, less predictable input was associated with higher accuracy in generalization but only in the initial test session. These results suggest that individual differences in pattern extraction play a more sustained role in L2 acquisition than instructional manipulations that vary the predictability of lexical items in the input.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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