The impact of first language background and visual information on the effectiveness of low-variability input

Fulga, Angelica and McDonough, Kim (2016) The impact of first language background and visual information on the effectiveness of low-variability input. Applied Psycholinguistics, 37 (2). pp. 265-283. ISSN 0142-7164

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Abstract

This study investigated whether first language (L1) background and visual information impact the effectiveness of skewed and balanced input at promoting pattern detection. Participants ( N =84) were exposed to Esperanto sentences with the transitive construction under skewed (one noun with high token frequency) or balanced (equal token frequency) input conditions while viewing either coloror black-and-white visuals. Their ability to detect the relevant morphological and syntactic features of the transitive construction was tested through a forced-judgment task using novel nouns. The results indicated no significant main effect for visual information or input type. There was, however, a significant main effect for L1 on learners’ detection of the novel pattern. Implications are discussed interms of the potential effect of L1-specific transitive encodings on second language speakers’ ability to abstract novel patterns.

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Journal Article
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Applied Psycholinguistics
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86233
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08 May 2017 14:14
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Published
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