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Elgort, Irina; Brysbaert, Marc; Stevens, Michaël; Van Assche, Eva – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2018
Reading affords opportunities for L2 vocabulary acquisition. Empirical research into the pace and trajectory of this acquisition has both theoretical and applied value. Charting the development of different aspects of word knowledge can verify and inform theoretical frameworks of word learning and reading comprehension. It can also inform…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Vocabulary, Eye Movements, English (Second Language)
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Mohamed, Ayman A. – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2018
The present study brings together methods of extensive reading studies and eye-movement research to track the cognitive effects of exposure frequency on vocabulary processing and learning. Forty-two advanced second language learners of English read a stage 1 graded reader, "Goodbye Mr. Hollywood," on a computer screen while their eye…
Descriptors: Eye Movements, Second Language Learning, Reading Processes, Recall (Psychology)
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Rothman, Jason; Slabakova, Roumyana – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2018
This article has two main goals. The first is to summarize and comment on the current state of affairs of generative approaches to SLA (GenSLA), 35 years into its history. This discussion brings the readership of SSLA up to date on the questions driving GenSLA agendas and clears up misconceptions about what GenSLA does and does not endeavor to…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Language Research, Misconceptions, Research Methodology
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Crowther, Dustin; Trofimovich, Pavel; Saito, Kazuya; Isaacs, Talia – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2018
This study critically examined the previously reported partial independence between second language (L2) accentedness (degree to which L2 speech differs from the target variety) and comprehensibility (ease of understanding). In prior work, comprehensibility was linked to multiple linguistic dimensions of L2 speech (phonology, fuency, lexis,…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Pronunciation
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McManus, Kevin; Marsden, Emma – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2018
This study partially replicates McManus and Marsden (2017), who found that providing L1 explicit information (EI) plus task-essential practice led L2 learners to make more accurate and faster interpretations of French morphosyntax. The current study removed the original study's L1 EI component to examine the role of the L1 practice. This design…
Descriptors: Grammar, Native Language, French, Morphology (Languages)
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Spinner, Patti; Jung, Sehoon – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2018
The purpose of this study was to determine whether processability theory (PT; Pienemann, 1998, 2005) accounts for the emergence of grammatical forms and structures in comprehension. Sixty-one learners of English participated in oral interviews that elicited a variety of structures relevant to PT. Learners were divided into two groups: those who…
Descriptors: Reading Processes, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Judy, Tiffany – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2018
The present study examines potential age and microparametric effects in childhood bilinguals (currently adults) in an understudied language pairing, Polish-Spanish. Specifically, a Spanish group (N = 28) and a Sequential child bilingual (N = 22) and a Simultaneous bilingual (N = 8) group living in Misiones, Argentina, completed three experimental…
Descriptors: Syntax, Semantics, Bilingualism, Polish
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Wong, Wynne; Ito, Kiwako – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2018
While previous research has shown that processing instruction (PI) can more effectively facilitate the acquisition of target structures than traditional drill practice, the processing mechanism of PI has not been adequately examined because most assessment tasks have been offline. Using eye-tracking, this two-experiment study compared changes in…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Processing
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Wolter, Brent; Yamashita, Junko – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2018
This study investigated the effects of word frequency, collocational frequency, L1 congruency, and L2 proficiency, on L2 collocational processing. Two groups of L1 Japanese speakers of English (intermediate and advanced) and one group of English native speakers (NSs) performed an online acceptability judgment task on four types of adjective-noun…
Descriptors: Word Frequency, Phrase Structure, Native Language, Second Language Learning
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De Cat, Cecile; Gusnanto, Arief; Serratrice, Ludovica – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2018
The literature exploring the executive function correlates of bilingualism is vast, but to date, few studies have concentrated on children, for whom the bilingual advantage appears even more inconsistent than for adults. We investigate a highly heterogeneous group of children (in terms of bilingual experience and socioeconomic status) and identify…
Descriptors: Executive Function, Bilingualism, Children, Socioeconomic Status
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Solovyeva, Katya; DeKeyser, Robert – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2018
Response time variability and its changes over time have been interpreted as indicative of levels of knowledge automatization. Predominantly, only declines in variability have been examined over the course of practice and growing second language proficiency. We discuss possible scenarios that may involve increasing, rather than declining…
Descriptors: Reaction Time, Vocabulary Development, Memory, Learning Processes
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Zhang, Haomin; Koda, Keiko – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2018
This exploratory study aimed to examine whether early exposure to Chinese as a heritage language (CHL) provides facilitation in word-knowledge development in collegiate CHL learners by comparing word-level subskills, including oral vocabulary knowledge, print vocabulary knowledge, morphological awareness, and lexical inferencing ability, between…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Vocabulary Development, Chinese, Heritage Education
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Marsden, Heather; Whong, Melinda; Gil, Kook-Hee – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2018
This paper presents an experimental study of the rarely explored question of how input through instruction interacts with L2 acquisition at the level of modular linguistic knowledge. The investigation focuses on L2 knowledge of the English polarity item "any," whose properties are only partially covered by typical language-teaching…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Linguistic Input
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Hopp, Holger; Lemmerth, Natalia – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2018
This article investigates how lexical and syntactic differences in L1 and L2 grammatical gender affect L2 predictive gender processing. In a visual-world eye-tracking experiment, 24 L1 Russian adult learners and 15 native speakers of German were tested. Both Russian and German have three gender classes. Yet, they differ in lexical congruency, that…
Descriptors: Syntax, Second Language Learning, Form Classes (Languages), Russian
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Hamrick, Phillip; Sachs, Rebecca – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2018
Artificial linguistic systems (ALSs) offer many potential benefits for second language acquisition (SLA) research. Nonetheless, their use in experiments with posttest-only designs can give rise to internal validity problems depending on the baseline that is employed to establish evidence of learning. Researchers in this area often compare…
Descriptors: Artificial Languages, Second Language Learning, Statistical Analysis, Control Groups
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