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Variation, asymmetry and working memory in the process of second language acquisition

Wright, C. (2010) Variation, asymmetry and working memory in the process of second language acquisition. In: Franich, K., Iserman, K. and Keil, L. (eds.) Proceedings of 34th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Cascadilla Press, Somerville, MA 02144, USA, pp. 468-479. ISBN 9781574730555

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Abstract/Summary

Calls for understanding the interface between L2 linguistic knowledge and development (Gregg 1996; Carroll 2001; Towell 2003) provide a context for analysing the role of memory (Paradis 2004), specifically working memory (Baddeley 1986, 2003) in L2 development. Miyake and Friedman (1998) have claimed that Working Memory (WM) may be the key to L2 acquisition, especially in explaining individual variation in L2 acquisition. Recent findings found a robust connection between greater working memory (WM) capacity and rapid, successful acquisition of L2 vocabulary, reading and oral fluency (Service 1992; Harrington and Sawyer 1992; Fortkamp 1999). This study adds to the growing body of research by investigating correlations between WM and variation in grammatical development, focusing on asymmetries in processing L2 English wh-constructions in an immersion setting.

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Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Language and Applied Linguistics
ID Code:33234
Publisher:Cascadilla Press

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