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Lipski, John M. – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2021
In the Afro-Colombian community of San Basilio de Palenque, there are school-based efforts to revitalize the once-endangered creole language Palenquero. At present, most Palenquero language classes do not include grammatical instruction, active student production, or corrective feedback, and there is little or no communication in Palenquero…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Maintenance, Creoles, Second Language Instruction
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Wiener, Seth; Ito, Kiwako; Speer, Shari R. – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2021
To test the effects of talker variability and explicit instruction on the statistical learning of lexical tone, 80 monolingual English listeners were taught an artificial language that mimicked Mandarin's asymmetric distribution of syllable-tone co-occurrences. Training stimuli consisted of either speech from one talker or speech from four…
Descriptors: Verbal Communication, Direct Instruction, English, Mandarin Chinese
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Kim, Hyunwoo; Grüter, Theres – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2021
Implicit causality (IC) is a well-known phenomenon whereby certain verbs appear to create biases to remention either their subject or object in a causal dependent clause. This study investigated to what extent Korean learners of English made use of IC information for predictive processing at a discourse level, and whether L2 proficiency played a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Verbs
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Goad, Heather; Guzzo, Natália Brambatti; White, Lydia – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2021
We investigate effects of prosodic cues on interpretation of ambiguous sentences containing relative clauses (RCs) in English by Spanish-speaking learners. English and Spanish differ in default preference for RC attachment: English has a weak low attachment (LA) preference (RC modifies NP2); Spanish has a stronger high attachment (HA) preference…
Descriptors: Form Classes (Languages), Suprasegmentals, Cues, Second Language Learning
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Pozzi, Rebecca; Bayley, Robert – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2021
Although recent research suggests that gains are made in the acquisition of dialectal features during study abroad, the few studies that have been conducted on this topic in Spanish-speaking contexts have focused primarily on features characteristic of Spain. This article examines the L2 acquisition of phonological features characteristic of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Phonology, Spanish, Study Abroad
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Lozano-Argüelles, Cristina; Fernández Arroyo, Laura; Rodríguez, Nicole; Durand López, Ezequiel M.; Garrido Pozú, Juan J.; Markovits, Jennifer; Varela, Jessica P.; de Rocafiguera, Núria; Casillas, Joseph V. – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2021
Previous studies attest that early bilinguals can modify their perceptual identification according to the fine-grained phonetic detail of the language they believe they are hearing. Following Gonzales et al. (2019), we replicate the double phonemic boundary effect in late learners (LBs) using conceptual-based cueing. We administered a forced…
Descriptors: Adults, Second Language Learning, Spanish, Cues
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Stoeckel, Tim; McLean, Stuart; Nation, Paul – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2021
Two commonly used test types to assess vocabulary knowledge for the purpose of reading are size and levels tests. This article first reviews several frequently stated purposes of such tests (e.g., materials selection, tracking vocabulary growth) and provides a reasoned argument for the precision needed to serve such purposes. Then three sources of…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Receptive Language, Written Language, Knowledge Level
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Boers, Frank; Bryfonski, Lara; Faez, Farahnaz; McKay, Todd – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2021
Meta-analytic reviews collect available empirical studies on a specified domain and calculate the average effect of a factor. Educators as well as researchers exploring a new domain of inquiry may rely on the conclusions from meta-analytic reviews rather than reading multiple primary studies. This article calls for caution in this regard because…
Descriptors: Meta Analysis, Literature Reviews, Effect Size, Computation
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Zalbidea, Janire – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2021
Following calls for more modality-sensitive perspectives of SLA, this study investigated the extent to which (a) producing the second language (L2) in the oral modality impacts learner-generated noticing and L2 development of grammatical structures embedded in subsequent auditory input, and whether (b) engaging in L2 production and input…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Spanish, Oral Language, Written Language
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Ge, Haoyan; Chen, Aoju; Yip, Virginia – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2021
This study investigates L2 comprehension of focus-to-accentuation mapping in English sentences with focus particle "only" by advanced learners of English whose L1 was either Cantonese or Dutch. Two experiments were conducted to examine (a) whether L2 learners could map accentuation to focus; and (b) whether they could perceive…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Comprehension, Sentences
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Gao, Jianwu; Ma, Shuang – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2021
This study explored the interaction between learning conditions, linguistic complexity, and first language (L1) syntactic transfer in semiartificial grammar learning by conceptually replicating and extending Tagarelli et al. (2016). We changed the L1 background, elicited production data during debriefing, and added a binary mixed-effects logistic…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Difficulty Level, Syntax, Artificial Languages
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Pelzl, Eric; Lau, Ellen F.; Guo, Taomei; DeKeyser, Robert – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2021
Lexical tones are widely believed to be a formidable learning challenge for adult speakers of nontonal languages. While difficulties--as well as rapid improvements--are well documented for beginning second language (L2) learners, research with more advanced learners is needed to understand how tone perception difficulties impact word recognition…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Mandarin Chinese, Intonation, Difficulty Level
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Khajavy, Gholam Hassan; MacIntyre, Peter D.; Hariri, Jamal – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2021
Learning a second/foreign language (L2) is a long process and L2 learners certainly will encounter setbacks and discouragements during this process. However, their reactions to these failures might be different based on their perceptions of L2 learning ability and their subsequent effort put into L2 learning. Based on this, the present study aimed…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Academic Persistence, Language Attitudes, Language Aptitude
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Nakamura, Sachiko; Phung, Linh; Reinders, Hayo – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2021
This study examined the effect of choice on EFL learners' task engagement. Twenty-four Thai university students completed two opinion-gap tasks. In one, they discussed and agreed on three items among given options (+constraint). In the other, they discussed and agreed on three items among the options they generated (-constraint). Spoken…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Learner Engagement, Task Analysis
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Zalbidea, Janire; Issa, Bernard I.; Faretta-Stutenberg, Mandy; Sanz, Cristina – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2021
The first goal of this study was to examine how individual differences in initial L2 proficiency help explain L2 grammar development in oral production during short-term immersion abroad. The second goal of the study was methodological, and evaluated challenges that can result from operationalizing learners' initial L2 proficiency as pretest…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Grammar, Second Language Learning, Immersion Programs
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