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Gulamani, Sannah; Marshall, Chloë; Morgan, Gary – Second Language Research, 2022
Little is known about how hearing adults learn sign languages. Our objective in this study was to investigate how learners of British Sign Language (BSL) produce narratives, and we focused in particular on viewpoint-taking. Twenty-three intermediate-level learners of BSL and 10 deaf native/early signers produced a narrative in BSL using the…
Descriptors: Sign Language, Perspective Taking, Second Language Learning, Deafness
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Guo, Yanyu – Second Language Research, 2022
This article reports on an empirical study on the acquisition of Chinese imperfective markers ("zai," "-zhe[subscript P]" and "-zhe[subscript R]") by English-speaking learners at three proficiency levels. Compared to English, Chinese has a richer imperfective aspect in terms of markers (forms) and features (meanings).…
Descriptors: Chinese, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English
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Perez-Cortes, Silvia – Second Language Research, 2022
The present investigation examines intra-speaker variability in heritage speakers (HSs) of Spanish by focusing on the potential effects of two variables in their acquisition of mood: lexical frequency and morphological regularity. To do so, this study tested participants' interpretation and use of early-acquired mood alternations conveying either…
Descriptors: Word Frequency, Morphology (Languages), Verbs, Spanish
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Abashidze, Dato; McDonough, Kim; Gao, Yang – Second Language Research, 2022
Recent research that explored how input exposure and learner characteristics influence novel L2 morphosyntactic pattern learning has exposed participants to either text or static images rather than dynamic visual events. Furthermore, it is not known whether incorporating eye gaze cues into dynamic visual events enhances dual pattern learning.…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Patterns, Morphology (Languages)
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Karousou, Alexandra; Nerantzaki, Theodora – Second Language Research, 2022
Recent studies highlight the important contribution of phonological working memory (PM) in the early stages of both native and foreign language development. However, research on the effects of PM training on language development is very limited. This study aimed at assessing the effectiveness of a PM training educational intervention as a means of…
Descriptors: Memory, Phonology, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Cibelli, Emily – Second Language Research, 2022
Non-native phoneme perception can be challenging for adult learners. This article explores two routes to strengthening early representations of non-native targets: perceptual training, which focuses on auditory discrimination of novel contrasts, and articulatory training, which highlights the articulatory gestures of non-native categories. Of…
Descriptors: Phonemes, Auditory Perception, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Yang, Yuxiao; Chen, Xiaoxiang; Xiao, Qi – Second Language Research, 2022
This study investigated the role of cross-linguistic similarity in the acquisition of Russian initial stop contrasts by Chinese learners, addressing two specific research questions: (1) How similar are Russian voiced stops to Mandarin stops for Chinese learners?; and (2) How can the speech learning model (SLM) be applied to account for the…
Descriptors: Russian, Contrastive Linguistics, Phonemes, Mandarin Chinese
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Kim, Kitaek; Schwartz, Bonnie D. – Second Language Research, 2022
In the English "tough" construction (TC), knowledge of "tough" movement is necessary for target performance (the object-interpretation only; e.g. "John is easy to see" e). The acquisition of the English TC raises a learnability problem for first-language (L1) Korean learners of English as a second language (L2): (1)…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Syntax, Native Language, Korean
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Chun, Eunjin; Kaan, Edith – Second Language Research, 2022
Syntactic priming studies in second language (L2) have contributed to understanding how L2 speakers' syntactic knowledge is represented and processed. However, little is known about social influences on L2 speakers' syntactic processing and learning. The present study investigated whether L2 speakers' syntactic priming is influenced by social…
Descriptors: Syntax, North American English, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Xia, Vera Yunxiao; White, Lydia; Guzzo, Natália Brambatti – Second Language Research, 2022
This article reports on an experiment investigating the effects of featural Relativized Minimality (Friedmann et al., 2009) on the representation and processing of relative clauses in the second language (L2) English of Mandarin speakers. Object relatives (ORCs) are known to cause greater problems in first language (L1) acquisition and in adult…
Descriptors: Intervention, Phrase Structure, Language Processing, Second Language Learning
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Ling, Wenyi; Grüter, Theres – Second Language Research, 2022
Successful listening in a second language (L2) involves learning to identify the relevant acoustic-phonetic dimensions that differentiate between words in the L2, and then use these cues to access lexical representations during real-time comprehension. This is a particularly challenging goal to achieve when the relevant acoustic-phonetic…
Descriptors: Intonation, Second Language Learning, Mandarin Chinese, Word Recognition
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Berghoff, Robyn – Second Language Research, 2022
In the online processing of long-distance wh-dependencies, native speakers have been found to make use of intermediate syntactic gaps, which has the effect of facilitating dependency resolution. This strategy has also been observed in second language (L2) speakers living in an L2 immersion context, but not in classroom L2 learners. This research…
Descriptors: Language Processing, Second Language Learning, Native Language, Indo European Languages
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Kida, Shusaku – Second Language Research, 2022
The type of processing-resource allocation (TOPRA) model predicts that the semantic processing of new second language (L2) words can impede the learning of their forms while structural processing can promote it. Using this framework, the present study examined the effects of processing type (semantic, structural, control), exposure frequency (one…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development, Reading Processes, Word Frequency
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Sung, Min-Chang; Kim, Hyunwoo – Second Language Research, 2022
How strongly a verb is associated with a construction plays a crucial role in the learning of argument structure constructions. We examined the effect of verb-construction association strength on second language (L2) constructional generalization by analysing L2 learners' production and comprehension of two complex constructions (i.e. ditransitive…
Descriptors: Language Processing, Verbs, Generalization, Task Analysis
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Kush, Dave; Dahl, Anne – Second Language Research, 2022
Norwegian allows filler-gap dependencies into embedded questions, which are islands for filler-gap dependency formation in English. We ask whether there is evidence that Norwegian learners of English transfer the functional structure that permits island violations from their first language (L1) to their second language (L2). In two acceptability…
Descriptors: Norwegian, Native Language, Second Language Learning, Transfer of Training
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