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Finding Specific Research on Creating Language Category in L2

Date Submitted: 20-Oct-2011
From: Brent Pelton
Subject: Finding Specific Research on Creating Language Category in L2
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Notice: Dear All,

I had a question about research I had seen, but have lost the name of the researcher or paper. I was wondering if I could get some help with finding the information again.

The research I saw was where a researcher took adults with, I believe, no language learning background. They had cards with a picture of either a fruit or a shape ( I can't remember) and the objects where shown on different cards in different colors. The researchers told the subjects the words for each picture represented, however, it was gibberish. The subjects were then asked to repeat the name of each object. The researchers then did this over and over again using the answers from the previous person's recollection of the names for each object and color combo. What the researchers discovered is that after some time, adult L2 learners created morphemes to represent the objects and colors.

Like I said, I cannot remember the name of the researcher or paper. If someone knows, I would be very grateful.

Thanks so much,