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The role of task complexity, modality and aptitude in narrative task performance.

Kormos, Judit and Trebits, Anna (2012) The role of task complexity, modality and aptitude in narrative task performance. Language Learning, 62 (2). pp. 439-472.

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    Abstract

    The study reported in this paper investigated the relationship between components of aptitude and the fluency, accuracy, syntactic complexity and lexical variety of performance in two types of written and spoken narrative tasks. We also addressed the question of how narrative performance varies in tasks of different cognitive complexity in the written and spoken modes. Our findings indicate a complex interaction between aptitude components and task performance under different conditions. The components of aptitude that seemed to be most strongly related to the accuracy and complexity of production were deductive ability and grammatical sensitivity. The results also show that in writing the participants used more varied vocabulary than in speech, but their performance was similar in terms of syntactic complexity.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Language Learning
    Uncontrolled Keywords: aptitude ; written and spoken tasks ; speech production ; second language writing ; individual differences
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
    ID Code: 34247
    Deposited By: Dr Judit Kormos
    Deposited On: 20 Sep 2010 13:34
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 14 May 2013 16:35
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/34247

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