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Syntactic priming and ESL question development

McDonough, Kim and Mackey, Alison (2008) Syntactic priming and ESL question development. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 30 (1). pp. 31-47. ISSN 0272-2631

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    Abstract

    Interaction research that has investigated the relationship between language production and second language (L2) development has largely focused on learners' immediate responses to interactional feedback. However, other speech production processes might help account for the beneficial relationship between interaction and L2 development. The current study examines whether syntactic priming—the tendency to produce a syntactic structure encountered in the recent discourse—is associated with English as a second language (ESL) question development. The participants were intermediate-level Thai learners of English (N = 46) at a large public university in northern Thailand. In two 20-min sessions, the participants carried out communicative activities with a more advanced L2 English interlocutor who had been scripted with developmentally advanced question forms. They also completed an oral pretest and two posttests that consisted of activities similar to those carried out during the treatment sessions. The results indicated that participants who evidenced high levels of syntactic priming were likely to advance to a higher stage in the developmental sequence of ESL question formation.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Studies in Second Language Acquisition
    Additional Information: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=sla The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 30 (1), pp 31-47 2008, © 2008 Cambridge University Press.
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
    ID Code: 59799
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 05 Nov 2012 11:17
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 00:17
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/59799

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