Memory-based aptitude for nativelike selection: The role of phonological short-term memory

Bolibaugh, Cylcia and Foster, Pauline (2013) Memory-based aptitude for nativelike selection: The role of phonological short-term memory. In: Granena, Grisela and Long, Mike, (eds.) Sensitive periods, language aptitude, and ultimate L2 attainment. Language learning & Language teaching (35). John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 205-230. ISBN 9789027213112

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Abstract

Native speaker competence includes not only grammatical knowledge but also knowledge of communal and conventional word combinations, or nativelike selections. Althrough all speakers are idiomatic in their L1, very few, even in immersion contexts, are as successful in their L2. This chapter presents the results of a study investigating the receptive nativelike selection ability of adult onset L2 users with long residence in the target community, and investigates the influence of exposure, phonological short term memory (pSTM) and disposition towards interaction. We suggest that L2 useres do accrue information about conventional word combinations through exposure, and that individual differences in pSTM limit both rate of learning and ultimate attainment. Crucially, these influences depend both on the context of learning and age of onset of the learner.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Second language acquistion;
Subjects: 400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 428 Standard English usage
School/Department: School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Catherine O'Sullivan
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2014 14:37
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2014 14:37
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/676

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