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Strachan, Lauren; Trofimovich, Pavel – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2019
Previous research has shown that English regular past-tense forms are difficult to perceive, yet perception studies to date have used experimentally manipulated input, and none has investigated how contextual cues, beyond temporal adverbials, affect the perception of the regular past. This study investigated whether second language (L2) learners…
Descriptors: Grammar, English, Native Speakers, English (Second Language)
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Foote, Jennifer A.; Trofimovich, Pavel – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2018
This study examines the role of listeners' native language (L1) background in judgments of comprehensibility (ease of understanding) for speakers from same and different L1 backgrounds, to determine the extent of a shared second language (L2) comprehensibility benefit. Forty L2 English speakers from Mandarin, French, Hindi, and English backgrounds…
Descriptors: Native Language, Language Proficiency, Comprehension, Second Languages
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Bell, Philippa; Trofimovich, Pavel; Collins, Laura – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2015
Explanations for the well-documented second language (L2) learning challenge of the English regular past include verb semantics (Bardovi-Harlig, 2000), phonetic properties (Goad, White, & Steele, 2003), and frequency factors (Collins, Trofimovich, White, Cardoso, & Horst, 2009). Difficulty perceiving past-tense morphology (i.e., hearing…
Descriptors: Morphemes, Second Language Learning, Verbs, Semantics
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McDonough, Kim; Trofimovich, Pavel; Neumann, Heike – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2015
This study focuses on the pedagogical applications of structural priming research in an English for academic purposes (EAP) context, investigating whether priming activities are an effective tool for eliciting production of target grammatical structures. University students across four EAP classes carried out a total of 6 information-exchange…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Priming, English for Academic Purposes, Grammar
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Walker, Nicholas R.; Cedergren, Henrietta; Trofimovich, Pavel; Gatbonton, Elizabeth – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2011
In recent years, language researchers and teachers have attempted to put meaningful communication at the centre of learners' classroom interactions. Yet the majority of existing computer-assisted language learning (CALL) applications have relied on largely non-communicative learner-computer interactions. The challenge facing CALL developers,…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Feedback (Response), Nursing Education, Speech Communication
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Kennedy, Sara; Trofimovich, Pavel – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2008
This study investigated how listener experience (extent of previous exposure to non-native speech) and semantic context (degree and type of semantic information available) influence measures of intelligibility, comprehensibility, and accentedness of non-native (L2) speech. Participants were 24 native English-speaking listeners, half experienced…
Descriptors: Communication Strategies, Semantics, Mandarin Chinese, English (Second Language)