Foreign Language Input: Initial Processing (Second Language by Rebekah Rast

By Rebekah Rast

This publication provides the main entire learn thus far of the start line of moment language acquisition. With its specialise in the language enter that newbies obtain and what they do with this enter, the examine sheds mild on questions nonetheless unanswered in moment language acquisition literature, comparable to what wisdom is dropped at the purchase technique and the way newcomers use this data to strategy new linguistic details.

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Learner variability Learner style and the relationship individuals have with their linguistic environments are also important factors to consider when investigating input processing. Meisel et al. (1981: 109) point out that, ‘It is by now widely accepted that the learner takes an active part in the learning process’. The results of their study on the spontaneous acquisition of German suggest that sociopsychological factors greatly influence selective aspects of the L2 acquisition process. Perdue and Klein (1992) discovered individual differences in the success of two learners of the ESF project, Andrea and Santo, both Italian beginning learners of English.

It is important to note here that for Pienemann, the beginning of acquisition corresponds to an initial state, but he fails to specify what he means by ‘initial state’. In his terms, ‘The acquisition process starts at an initial state; this book refrains from speculating on the structure of that initial state’ (p. 231). Although Processability Theory provides an interesting framework for how language learning might take place, Pienemann’s failure to address the nature of the initial state is problematic.

This knowledge, which belongs to working memory, contains information that is ‘attended to by the speaker’ (Levelt, 1989: 10). The pre-verbal message, which is not linguistic in and of itself, contains necessary information for the following stage, that of formulating, where the conceptual structure is transformed into a linguistic structure. To convert the pre-verbal message into a phonetic plan, the lexical items are selected, and the corresponding grammatical and phonological rules are applied.

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