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Academic Paper

Title: Production and Comprehension in Processability Theory: a Self-Paced Reading Study
Author: Patti Spinner
Author: Sehoon Jung
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition
Subject Language: English
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to determine whether processability theory (PT; Pienemann, 1998, 2005) accounts for the emergence of grammatical forms and structures in comprehension. Sixty-one learners of English participated in oral interviews that elicited a variety of structures relevant to PT. Learners were divided into two groups: those who produced these structures productively in speech (high level) and those who did not (low level). These groups then read grammatical and ungrammatical sentences with PT structures in a self-paced reading task. Based on Pienemann (1998), PT predicts that the high-level group should perform similarly to native speakers. However, only the native speaker control group demonstrated sensitivity to ungrammaticalities. There was evidence that learners might have acquired lower-stage structures in an implicational order in comprehension, but it was quite mixed. These results have implications for PT and for models of the L2 linguistic system that include both production and comprehension.


This article appears IN Studies in Second Language Acquisition Vol. 40, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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