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Ammar, Ahlem; Hassan, Rania Mohamed – Language Learning, 2018
This quasi-experimental study examined the potential benefits of zero-error dictation, a teaching technique based on dialogue-driven dictation, and the extent to which target linguistic features and proficiency levels mediated its effects on second language (L2) learners' accurate use of French grammatical morphology. Seventy-nine learners of L2…
Descriptors: Quasiexperimental Design, Teaching Methods, Second Language Instruction, Grammar
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Comeaux, Ian; McDonald, Janet L. – Language Learning, 2018
Visual input enhancement (VIE) increases the salience of grammatical forms, potentially facilitating acquisition through attention mechanisms. Native English speakers were exposed to an artificial language containing four linguistic cues (verb agreement, case marking, animacy, word order), with morphological cues either unmarked, marked in the…
Descriptors: Visual Stimuli, Grammar, Native Speakers, English
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Sardegna, Veronica G.; Lee, Juhee; Kusey, Crystal – Language Learning, 2018
This article proposes a structural model of English language learners' self-efficacy beliefs, attitudes toward learning pronunciation skills, and choice of pronunciation learning strategies. Participants' responses (N = 704) to two self-reported questionnaires--Strategies for Pronunciation Improvement (SPI) inventory and Learner Attitudes for…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Self Efficacy, Student Attitudes, Pronunciation
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Noguchi, Masaki; Hudson Kam, Carla L. – Language Learning, 2018
In human languages, different speech sounds can be contextual variants of a single phoneme, called allophones. Learning which sounds are allophones is an integral part of the acquisition of phonemes. Whether given sounds are separate phonemes or allophones in a listener's language affects speech perception. Listeners tend to be less sensitive to…
Descriptors: Phonetics, Phonology, Phonemes, Acoustics
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Kang, Okim; Thomson, Ron I.; Moran, Meghan – Language Learning, 2018
This study compared five research-based intelligibility measures as they were applied to six varieties of English. The objective was to determine which approach to measuring intelligibility would be most reliable for predicting listener comprehension, as measured through a listening comprehension test similar to the Test of English as a Foreign…
Descriptors: Language Variation, English (Second Language), Comparative Analysis, Listening Comprehension
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Hwang, Heeju; Shin, Jeong-Ah; Hartsuiker, Robert J. – Language Learning, 2018
Languages often use different constructions to convey the same meaning. For example, the meaning of a causative construction in English ("Jen had her computer fixed") is conveyed using an active structure in Korean ("Jen-NOM her computer-ACC fixed"), and yet little is known about how bilinguals represent and process such…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Syntax, Language Processing, Korean
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Pham, Giang; Donovan, Danaee; Dam, Quynh; Contant, Amy – Language Learning, 2018
This study used a brief vocabulary training paradigm to examine two factors for cross-language transfer: how similar the first language (L1) is to the second language (L2) and L1-L2 proficiency levels. Fifty-four sequential bilingual children (aged 6-8) with similar L2 English proficiency levels were assigned to three equal groups: a…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Native Language, Language Proficiency, Spanish
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Nagle, Charles L. – Language Learning, 2018
Most studies on the perception-production link have assumed a synchronous relationship according to which gains in perception transfer to production rapidly and efficiently. However, time-lagged and asymptotic relationships are also possible, where perception would guide production at a later stage or production would improve only once perception…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Spanish, Time, Longitudinal Studies
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Jach, Daniel – Language Learning, 2018
This study examined the acquisition of preposition placement in English as a second language from a usage-based perspective. German and Chinese learners of English and English native speakers rated the acceptability of English oblique "wh" relative clauses in a magnitude estimation task. Results indicated that acceptability depended on…
Descriptors: Form Classes (Languages), Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Language Usage
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Ellis, Nick C. – Language Learning, 2017
Usage-based approaches explore how we learn language from our experience of language. Related research thus involves the analysis of the usage from which learners learn and of learner usage as it develops. This program involves considerable data recording, transcription, and analysis, using a variety of corpus and computational techniques, many of…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Second Language Learning, Computational Linguistics, Longitudinal Studies
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MacWhinney, Brian – Language Learning, 2017
The study of second language acquisition (SLA) can benefit from the same process of datasharing that has proven effective in areas such as first language acquisition and aphasiology. Researchers can work together to construct a shared platform that combines data from spoken and written corpora, online tutors, and Web-based experimentation. Many of…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Second Language Learning, Shared Resources and Services, Information Utilization
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Monaghan, Padraic; Rowland, Caroline F. – Language Learning, 2017
Historically, first language acquisition research was a painstaking process of observation, requiring the laborious hand coding of children's linguistic productions, followed by the generation of abstract theoretical proposals for how the developmental process unfolds. Recently, the ability to collect large-scale corpora of children's language…
Descriptors: Computational Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Language Research, Second Language Learning
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Wisniewski, Katrin – Language Learning, 2017
The "Common European Framework of Reference" (CEFR) is the most widespread reference tool for linking language tests, curricula, and national educational standards to levels of foreign language proficiency in Europe. In spite of this, little is known about how the CEFR levels (A1-C2) relate to empirical learner language(s). This article…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Standards, Second Language Learning, Computational Linguistics
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Gablasova, Dana; Brezina, Vaclav; McEnery, Tony – Language Learning, 2017
This article focuses on the use of collocations in language learning research (LLR). Collocations, as units of formulaic language, are becoming prominent in our understanding of language learning and use; however, while the number of corpus-based LLR studies of collocations is growing, there is still a need for a deeper understanding of factors…
Descriptors: Phrase Structure, Computational Linguistics, Language Research, Second Language Learning
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Gablasova, Dana; Brezina, Vaclav; McEnery, Tony – Language Learning, 2017
This article contributes to the debate about the appropriate use of corpus data in language learning research. It focuses on frequencies of linguistic features in language use and their comparison across corpora. The majority of corpus-based second language acquisition studies employ a comparative design in which either one or more second language…
Descriptors: Computational Linguistics, English, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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