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ERIC Number: EJ831788
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0267-6583
Uninterpretable Features: Psychology and Plasticity in Second Language Learnability
Birdsong, David
Second Language Research, v25 n2 p235-243 2009
This commentary addresses the relevance of detectability to a theory of learning uninterpretable features in the second language (L2). Detectability of features is illustrated in an application of Signal Detection Theory. By analogy with development of phonemic categories in the first language (L1), the notion of paring down the repertoire of uninterpretable features is considered. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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