Understanding Second Language Processing

A focus on Processability Theory

ORCID logoBronwen Patricia Dyson | University of Sydney
ORCID logoGisela Håkansson | Lund University/Østfold University College
ISBN 9789027243751 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027265876 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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This book aims to help researchers and teachers interested in language processing and Processability Theory (PT) to understand this theory and its applications. PT is an influential account of second language processing which hypothesizes that, due to the architecture of language processing, learners acquire second languages in developmental stages. This book lays out PT’s predictions and research on the development of diverse target languages – particularly English and Scandinavian languages – by learners of various categories. It discusses the typological issues facing PT and its contribution to an understanding of variation and cognitive constraints on pedagogy. However, the book also raises a critical eye to the literature which, after almost twenty years of evolution, requires explanation, clarification and, in some cases, extension. Why do some phenomena belong to different stages in different languages? Why are important types of variation under-represented? Is teaching as constrained as proposed in PT?
[Bilingual Processing and Acquisition, 4] 2017.  xi, 211 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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2022. Chapter 13. Can focus on form have an effect on language development?. In Second Language Acquisition Theory [Bilingual Processing and Acquisition, 14],  pp. 257 ff. DOI logo
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2023. SLA as complex, dynamical and predictable: A Processability Theory perspective. Second Language Research 39:4  pp. 1279 ff. DOI logo
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2022. A Developmental Approach to Assessing and Treating Agrammatic Aphasia. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology 31:3  pp. 1188 ff. DOI logo
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2019. Chapter 4. Are speech and writing teachable?. In Teachability and Learnability across Languages [Processability Approaches to Language Acquisition Research & Teaching, 6],  pp. 71 ff. DOI logo
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2020. A processability approach to the development of case in L2 Icelandic. Language, Interaction and Acquisition 11:1  pp. 68 ff. DOI logo
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2022. How Selection of a Target Feature Impacts Corrective Feedback: Finding Answers Through Meta-Analysis of Chinese EFL Learners. Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics 45:2  pp. 274 ff. DOI logo
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CFDC: Language acquisition

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LAN020000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Study & Teaching
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