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ERIC Number: EJ818258
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0039-8322
Face to Face with the Ghost in the Machine: Psycholinguistics and TESOL
Field, John
TESOL Quarterly: A Journal for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and of Standard English as a Second Dialect, v42 n3 p361-374 Sep 2008
Psycholinguistics is the study of how the mind handles language. There is some lack of consensus as to how far the scope of the field extends, but this article focuses on its most central concerns, namely, how language is acquired, how it is stored in the mind, and how it is processed in use. It aims to build bridges to some of the more important ideas in psycholinguistics and to show their relevance to English language teaching. This article illustrates the range and variety of the insights into L2 performance that can be achieved by drawing on findings in psycholinguistics. The strength of the findings in question is that they are not speculative or intuitive but are supported by strong empirical evidence of how language users actually behave. The article demonstrates how a better understanding of language processing might influence the way in which the teaching of all four skills is handled. It also adds to what people know of how vocabulary is stored in L2 users' minds. (Contains 6 footnotes.)
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Language: English
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