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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Title: Attention et production d'autoreformulations autoamorcées en français langue seconde, quelle relation?
Author: Daphnée Simard
Institution: Université du Québec à Montréal
Author: Veronique Fortier
Institution: Université du Québec à Montréal
Author: Michael Zuniga
Institution: Université du Québec à Montréal
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition
Subject Language: French
Abstract: Cette étude avait comme objectif de tenter d'établir un lien entre la capacité attentionnelle et les autoreformulations autoamorcées d'apprenants adultes de français langue seconde produites lors d'une tâche de narration. L'analyse des données n'a pas permis d'établir une association significative entre ces deux variables. Les résultats appuient donc ceux obtenus d'une étude antérieure (c.-à-d., Fincher, 2006) ayant examiné, de manière différente, la même question de recherche. Les résultats doivent être interprétés en fonction de la mesure de l'attention utilisée, à savoir une mesure capacitaire. Les conclusions de l'étude permettent de faire ressortir le manque de précision concernant la nature du processus attentionnel en jeu lors de production d'autoreformulations autoamorcées.


This article appears in Journal of French Language Studies Vol. 21, Issue 3, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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