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Faretta-Stutenberg, Mandy; Morgan-Short, Kara – Second Language Research, 2018
In order to understand variability in second language (L2) acquisition, this study addressed how individual differences in cognitive abilities may contribute to development for learners in different contexts. Specifically, we report the results of two short-term longitudinal studies aimed at examining the role of cognitive abilities in accounting…
Descriptors: Correlation, Individual Differences, Cognitive Ability, Study Abroad
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Roberts, Leah; González Alonso, Jorge; Pliatsikas, Christos; Rothman, Jason – Second Language Research, 2018
This special issue is a testament to the recent burgeoning interest by theoretical linguists, language acquisitionists and teaching practitioners in the neuroscience of language. It offers a highly valuable, state-of-the-art overview of the neurophysiological methods that are currently being applied to questions in the field of second language…
Descriptors: Neurolinguistics, Neurosciences, Second Language Learning, Scientific Research
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Nickels, Stefanie; Steinhauer, Karsten – Second Language Research, 2018
The role of prosodic information in sentence processing is not usually addressed in second language (L2) instruction, and neurocognitive studies on prosody-syntax interactions are rare. Here we compare event-related potentials (ERP) of Chinese and German learners of English L2 to those of native English speakers and show how first language (L1)…
Descriptors: Intonation, Syntax, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Ullman, Michael T.; Lovelett, Jarrett T. – Second Language Research, 2018
The declarative/procedural (DP) model posits that the learning, storage, and use of language critically depend on two learning and memory systems in the brain: declarative memory and procedural memory. Thus, on the basis of independent research on the memory systems, the model can generate specific and often novel predictions for language. Till…
Descriptors: Role, Memory, Second Language Learning, Prediction
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Rastelli, Stefano – Second Language Research, 2018
The topic of this article is the link between research on the neurocognition of the teaching--acquisition interface and research on second language teaching. This recent scientific enterprise investigates whether and how different aspects of second language instruction may change both the anatomy and the functioning of an adult learner's brain…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Proficiency, Neurolinguistics
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Ferré, Pilar; Anglada-Tort, Manuel; Guasch, Marc – Second Language Research, 2018
The present study investigates whether the emotional content of words has the same effect in the different languages of bilinguals by testing the effects of word concreteness, the type of task used, and language status. Highly proficient bilinguals of Catalan and Spanish who learned Catalan and Spanish in early childhood in a bilingual immersion…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Bilingual Students, Language Usage
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Wei, Hang; Boland, Julie E.; Brennan, Jonathan; Yuan, Fang; Wang, Min; Zhang, Chi – Second Language Research, 2018
Prior work has shown intriguing differences between first language (L1) and second language (L2) comprehension priming of relative clauses. We investigated English reduced relative clause priming in Chinese adult learners of English. Participants of different education levels read sentences in a self-paced, moving window paradigm. Critical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Lexicology, Priming, Second Language Learning
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Romano, Francesco – Second Language Research, 2018
To what extent can second language (L2) speakers acquire a syntactic representation for an L2 structure absent in the first language (L1)? Findings from L2 structural priming studies are in conflict inasmuch as evidence for and against continuity between L1 and L2 sentence production has been shown. Furthermore, previous investigations have not…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Native Language, Chinese, Turkish
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Lipski, John M. – Second Language Research, 2018
The present study examines the tradeoff between the on-line construction of modifier-noun gender agreement and verb-subject person/number agreement vs. the automatization and entrenchment of agreement, through the study of bilingual speakers of Spanish and the Afro-Colombian creole language Palenquero, whose lexicon is highly cognate with Spanish,…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Spanish, Language Variation, Grammar
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Berry, Grant M.; Ernestus, Mirjam – Second Language Research, 2018
This study investigates the plasticity of phonological boundaries during discourse in a "lingua franca." We tracked the production of 34 Spanish learners of English conversing with two Dutch confederates in English across two speech styles, focusing on incremental changes in two key English vowel contrasts with differential effects of…
Descriptors: Phonetics, English, English (Second Language), Official Languages
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Norouzian, Reza; Plonsky, Luke – Second Language Research, 2018
Eta-squared (?[superscript 2]) and partial eta-squared (?[subscript p][superscript 2]) are effect sizes that express the amount of variance accounted for by one or more independent variables. These indices are generally used in conjunction with ANOVA, the most commonly used statistical test in second language (L2) research (Plonsky, 2013).…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Language Usage, Language Research, Statistical Analysis
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Choi, Sea Hee; Ionin, Tania; Zhu, Yeqiu – Second Language Research, 2018
This study investigates the second language (L2) acquisition of the English count/mass distinction by speakers of Korean and Mandarin Chinese, with a focus on the semantics of atomicity. It is hypothesized that L1-Korean and L1-Mandarin L2-English learners are influenced by atomicity in the use of the count/mass morphosyntax in English. This…
Descriptors: Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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Tsukada, Kimiko; Cox, Felicity; Hajek, John; Hirata, Yukari – Second Language Research, 2018
Learners of a foreign language (FL) typically have to learn to process sounds that do not exist in their first language (L1). As this is known to be difficult for adults, in particular, it is important for FL pedagogy to be informed by phonetic research. This study examined the role of FL learners' previous linguistic experience in the processing…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Japanese, Italian
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Fernandez, Leigh; Höhle, Barbara; Brock, Jon; Nickels, Lyndsey – Second Language Research, 2018
According to the Shallow Structure Hypothesis (SSH), second language (L2) speakers, unlike native speakers, build shallow syntactic representations during sentence processing. In order to test the SSH, this study investigated the processing of a syntactic movement in both native speakers of English and proficient late L2 speakers of English using…
Descriptors: Language Processing, Auditory Perception, Native Speakers, Second Language Learning
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Schimke, Sarah; Dimroth, Christine – Second Language Research, 2018
In this study, verb placement with respect to negation is investigated in elicited production and elicited sentence imitation data collected with child second language (L2) learners of German. These data are compared to published data from adult L2 learners, which were collected with the same elicitation materials and were re-analysed for the…
Descriptors: Verbs, German, Second Language Learning, Comparative Analysis
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