LINGUIST List 31.2514

Sat Aug 08 2020

Books: Implicit Language Aptitude: Granena

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Date: 08-Aug-2020
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Subject: Implicit Language Aptitude: Granena
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Title: Implicit Language Aptitude
Published: 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Gisela Granena
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108714402 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 20.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108714402 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 15.00

It is a well-known fact that some adult second language learners learn more rapidly and/or to a higher level of proficiency than others. Some of these individual differences have been linked to differences in cognitive and perceptual abilities under the umbrella term of 'language aptitude'. The notion of language aptitude has undergone recent developments, one of which is the proposal that language aptitude includes cognitive abilities that involve implicit processes and that are advantageous in learning a language without awareness. This Element defines implicit language aptitude, examines tasks that can be used to measure implicit language aptitude, and provides an overview of relevant research in this area.

1. What are the key concepts?; 2. What are the key readings?; 3. What are the main branches of research?; 4. What are the implications for SLA and pedagogy?; 5. What are the new avenues for research?; 6. Conclusion.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Language Acquisition

Written In: English (eng)

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