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ERIC Number: EJ921025
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1345-8353
What the Study of Scope Can Tell Us about Second Language Learning
O'Grady, William; Lee, Miseon; Kwak, Hye-Young
Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, v13 n1 p71-81 2009
This paper, designed specifically for language teachers, focuses on a phenomenon in second language learning that is largely independent of instructional effects, curricular materials, and classroom activities. Experimental work suggests that scope, the relationship between two or more logical operators (such as quantifiers or negatives), is highly sensitive to processing considerations, especially the burden on working memory. In a new experiment, we explore this matter further by examining transfer of scopal preferences in the case of Korean speakers who are learning English as a second language and English speakers who are learning Korean as a second language. (Contains 6 tables, 2 figures, and 1 footnote.)
Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics. Department of English, Namseoul University, 21 Maeju-ri, Seonghwan-eup, Cheonan-city, Choongnam, Korea 330-707. Tel: +82-2-3290-1995; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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