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Interference-based and capacity-based approaches to working memory in second language sentence processing

Cunnings, I. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5318-0186 (2022) Interference-based and capacity-based approaches to working memory in second language sentence processing. In: Leal, T., Shimanskaya, E. and Isabelli, C. (eds.) Generative SLA in the age of Minimalism: Features, interfaces, and beyond (Selected proceedings of the 15th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference). Language Acquisition and Language Disorders (67). John Benjamins, pp. 243-264. ISBN 9789027211446 (In Press)

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1075/lald.67.10cun

Abstract/Summary

The role that working memory may play in explaining potential differences between native and non-native sentence processing has been increasingly debated. In this chapter, I discuss how the conceptualisation of working memory is crucial to our understanding of its role in second language processing. In particular, I compare capacity-based approaches that focus on working memory resources and interference-based approaches that focus on memory encoding and retrieval. After reviewing evidence for both approaches to working memory, I argue that interference-based accounts provide a promising approach for examining the role of working memory in second language processing. Although I focus on non-native sentence processing, I also touch on related issues in second language acquisition.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IDRCs) > Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM)
Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Clinical Language Sciences
Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Language and Cognition
ID Code:106505
Publisher:John Benjamins

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