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Title: Spoken-word processing in native and second languages: An investigation of auditory word priming
Author: Pavel Trofimovich
Institution: Concordia University
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition
Abstract: The present study investigated whether and to what extent auditory word priming, which is one mechanism of spoken-word processing and learning, is involved in a second language (L2). The objectives of the study were to determine whether L2 learners use auditory word priming as monolinguals do when they are acquiring an L2, how attentional processing orientation influences the extent to which they do so, and what L2 learners actually "learn" as they use auditory word priming. Results revealed that L2 learners use auditory word priming, that the extent to which they do so depends little on attention to the form of spoken input, and that L2 learners overrely on detailed context-specific information available in spoken input as they use auditory word priming.


This article appears IN Applied Psycholinguistics Vol. 26, Issue 4.

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