ERIC Number: EJ851452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Affecting Factors in Second Language Learning
Andreou, G.; Vlachos, F.; Andreou, E.
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v34 n5 p429-438 Sep 2005
The present study investigated the influence of sex, handedness, level in second language (L2) and Faculty choice on the performance of phonological, syntactical and semantic tasks in L2. Level in L2 and sex were the most affecting factors. Subjects who achieved higher scores on L2 tasks had strong second language aptitude skills since they were those who had obtained a professional degree in the second language. Females performed better than males in syntax and semantics which is explained by the general female superiority on verbal tasks based on differences in hemispheric specialization for language functions between the sexes. Handedness and Faculty choice on the part of the participants had an impact on our results but only when combined with other factors.
Descriptors: Brain Hemisphere Functions, Handedness, Semantics, Syntax, Second Language Learning, Specialization, Language Aptitude, Gender Differences, Phonology, Task Analysis, Scores, Verbal Ability, Psycholinguistics
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