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The Implicit Learning of Mappings between Forms and Contextually Derived Meanings
Research Centre for English and Applied Linguistics University of Cambridge
Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics
The traditional implicit learning literature has focused primarily on the abstraction of statistical regularities in form-form connections. More attention has been recently directed toward the implicit learning of form-meaning connections, which might be crucial in the acquisition of natural languages. The current article reports evidence for implicit learning of a mapping between a novel set of determiners and thematic roles, obtained using a newly developed reaction time methodology. The results conclude that contextually derived form-meaning connections might be implicitly learned.