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Ionin, Tania; Choi, Sea Hee; Liu, Qiufen – Second Language Research, 2021
This study uses both offline and online tasks in order to investigate whether second language learners of English from an article-less first-language (Mandarin) are able to integrate the indefinite article into their grammar despite the lack of articles in their first language. This article reports on two studies, one on learners' sensitivity to…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Grammar, Interlanguage
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Sharwood Smith, Michael – Second Language Research, 2021
Research on multilingualism and the acquisition of language(s) faces numerous challenges given its inherently interdisciplinary character. This discussion will focus on the notion of internal context, a concept that forcefully demonstrates the need for integrating linguistically-oriented research with cognitive research in general. Investigating…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Grammar, Second Language Learning, Language Processing
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Ahn, Hyunah – Second Language Research, 2021
This study investigated the processing of English articles by second language (L2) speakers whose first language (L1) is Korean. Previous studies in L2 English article use had some issues unresolved such as using offline tasks, conflating definiteness with real-world knowledge, and operationalizing definiteness and relevant constructs in ways that…
Descriptors: Grammar, Interlanguage, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Hu, Yuhang; Plonsky, Luke – Second Language Research, 2021
Statistical tests carry with them a number of assumptions that must be checked. Failing to do so and to report the results of such preliminary analyses introduce a potential threat to the internal validity of a study and to our ability as consumers to put faith in study findings. This article systematically examines the reporting of checks on…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Periodicals, Language Research
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Chen, Aleck Shih-wei – Second Language Research, 2021
This article reports a study examining whether foreign language (FL) word learning can be improved with reduction in cognitive load. Cognitive load theory has received substantial supports in various fields of learning but never in FL word learning. Due to the defined poverty in exposure to the FL, hence deprived cognitive pre-requisites for…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Vocabulary Development
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Lewandowski, Wojciech; Özçaliskan, Seyda – Second Language Research, 2021
Expression of motion shows systematic inter-typological variability between language types, particularly with respect to manner and path components of motion: speakers of satellite-framed languages (S-language; e.g. German) frequently conflate manner and path into a single clause, while verb-framed language speakers (V-language; e.g. Spanish)…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, German, Polish, Spanish
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Jiang, Nan; Zhang, Jianqin – Second Language Research, 2021
Two lines of evidence emerged in the past suggesting that lexical form seemed to play a more important role in the organization of the second language (L2) mental lexicon than in that of the first language (L1) lexicon. They were masked orthographic priming in L2 word recognition and an elevated proportion of form-related responses in L2 word…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Native Language
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Yang, Jing – Second Language Research, 2021
Word-initial stops in Mandarin and English show a distinctive phonological categorization but a similar phonetic realization along the VOT (Voice Onset Time) continuum. Previous research reported that native Mandarin adults produce measurably longer long-lag VOTs than native English adults. The present study examined whether and how the difference…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Mandarin Chinese, Phonology, English
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Perdomo, Michelle; Kaan, Edith – Second Language Research, 2021
Listeners interpret cues in speech processing immediately rather than waiting until the end of a sentence. In particular, prosodic cues in auditory speech processing can aid listeners in building information structure and contrast sets. Native speakers even use this information in combination with syntactic and semantic information to build mental…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Intonation, Suprasegmentals, Language Processing
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Monaghan, Padraic; Ruiz, Simón; Rebuschat, Patrick – Second Language Research, 2021
First language acquisition is implicit, in that explicit information about the language structure to be learned is not provided to children. Instead, they must acquire both vocabulary and grammar incrementally, by generalizing across multiple situations that eventually enable links between words in utterances and referents in the environment to be…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Grammar
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Chen, Lin; Perfetti, Charles A.; Fang, Xiaoping; Chang, Li-Yun – Second Language Research, 2021
When reading in a second language, a reader's first language may be involved. For word reading, the question is how and at what level: lexical, pre-lexical, or both. In three experiments, we employed an implicit reading task (color judgment) and an explicit reading task (word naming) to test whether a Chinese meaning equivalent character and its…
Descriptors: Native Language, Second Language Learning, Transfer of Training, Reading Processes
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Nakata, Tatsuya; Elgort, Irina – Second Language Research, 2021
Studies examining decontextualized associative vocabulary learning have shown that long spacing between encounters with an item facilitates learning more than short or no spacing, a phenomenon known as distributed practice effect. However, the effect of spacing on learning words in context is less researched and the results, so far, are…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Translation, Japanese, Second Language Learning
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Brysbaert, Marc; Keuleers, Emmanuel; Mandera, Pawel – Second Language Research, 2021
To have more information about the English words known by second language (L2) speakers, we ran a large-scale crowdsourcing vocabulary test, which yielded 17 million useful responses. It provided us with a list of 445 words known to nearly all participants. The list was compared to various existing lists of words advised to include in the first…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Skills, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Fioravanti, Irene; Senaldi, Marco Silvio Giuseppe; Lenci, Alessandro; Siyanova-Chanturia, Anna – Second Language Research, 2021
The present investigation focuses on first language (L1) and second language (L2) speakers' sensitivity to lexical fixedness and compositionality of Italian word combinations. Two studies explored language users' intuitions about three types of word combinations: free combinations, collocations, and idioms. In Study 1, Italian Verb+Noun…
Descriptors: Native Language, Second Language Learning, Italian, Phrase Structure
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Elgort, Irina; Siyanova-Chanturia, Anna – Second Language Research, 2021
Lexical knowledge is complex, multidimensional, and difficult to pin down to a set of defined components. The development, organization, and use of lexical knowledge in the first and additional languages are studied in a number of neighbouring disciplines beyond second language acquisition and applied linguistics, including psycholinguistics,…
Descriptors: Language Research, Research Methodology, Psycholinguistics, Second Language Learning
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