Miniature natural language learning in L2 acquisition research

Vera Kempe, Patricia J. Brooks

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Researchers who wish to study mechanisms underlying second language (L2) learning and factors influencing its success face a trade-off between low experimental control in studies of naturalistic language acquisition and low typological and ecological validity in studies of artificial language learning. The methodological solution we propose is a miniature natural language learning paradigm, which exposes participants to selected elements of an unfamiliar L2, in the form of meaningful dialogues, over a period of several laboratory sessions. We show how this methodology allows researchers to understand how various components of learning interact as learners are exposed to vocabulary and grammar simultaneously, and how characteristics of both the learner and the input influence learning outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCognitive individual differences in second language processing and acquisition
EditorsGisela Granena, Daniel O. Jackson, Yucel Yilmaz
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9789027266323
ISBN (Print)9789027243744
Publication statusPublished - 23 Dec 2016

Publication series

NameBilingual Processing and Acquisition
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
ISSN (Print)2352-0531


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