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

By Rebekah Rast

This publication provides the main accomplished examine so far of the place to begin of moment language acquisition. With its concentrate on the language enter that newbies obtain and what they do with this enter, the research sheds mild on questions nonetheless unanswered in moment language acquisition literature, equivalent to what wisdom is delivered to the purchase method and the way inexperienced persons use this data to method new linguistic info.

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5 For this rule to be operational, we would need a definition of state ‘i’, but Krashen fails to provide us with one. As a result, he fails to address the process by which a learner makes the input comprehensible. Researchers working on the notion of ‘simplified input’ (cf. Meisel, 1977) have tried to identify the role that simplified input plays in the comprehension process. Hatch (1983) describes characteristics of the input that have been modified by a speaker (or writer) to facilitate an L2 learner’s comprehension, such as speech rate, vocabulary and syntax, among others.

According to Doughty (2003), it is still not clear what elements can effectively be brought into attentional focus during input processing, nor for which elements there is a long-term effect. Sharwood Smith (1996: 1) poses related Input and Intake Revisited 19 questions: ‘ . can focusing the learner’s attention on the formal properties of language have some sort of beneficial effect after all? ’ It is the latter question that concerns us here, requiring investigation into the learners’ own processes relative to the linguistic input provided.

According to Doughty (2003), it is still not clear what elements can effectively be brought into attentional focus during input processing, nor for which elements there is a long-term effect. Sharwood Smith (1996: 1) poses related Input and Intake Revisited 19 questions: ‘ . can focusing the learner’s attention on the formal properties of language have some sort of beneficial effect after all? ’ It is the latter question that concerns us here, requiring investigation into the learners’ own processes relative to the linguistic input provided.

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