Interactive L2 vocabulary acquisition in a lab-based immersion setting
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SourceLanguage, Cognition and Neuroscience, 34, 7, (2019), pp. 916-935
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Language, Cognition and Neuroscience
SubjectLanguage & Communication; Psycholinguistics; Speech Production and Comprehension
We investigated to what extent L2 word learning in spoken interaction takes place when learners are unaware of taking part in a language learning study. Using a novel paradigm for approximating naturalistic (but not necessarily non-intentional) L2 learning in the lab, German learners of Dutch were led to believe that the study concerned judging the price of objects. Dutch target words (object names) were selected individually such that these words were unknown to the respective participant. Then, in a dialogue-like task with the experimenter, the participants were first exposed to and then tested on the target words. In comparison to a no-input control group, we observed a clear learning effect especially from the first two exposures, and better learning for cognates than for non-cognates, but no modulating effect of the exposure-production lag. Moreover, some of the acquired knowledge persisted over a six-month period.
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