Article published in:EUROSLA Yearbook: Volume 3 (2003)
Edited by Susan H. Foster-Cohen and Simona Pekarek Doehler
[EUROSLA Yearbook 3] 2003
► pp. 131–156
Towards a characterisation of saliency on first exposure to a second language
This paper attempts to shed light on the question of what in the input is perceived and processed by the learner, and how it is processed upon first contact with a target language. Subjects were French learners of Polish who had had no contact with Polish or any other Slavic language before the onset of the project. They were tested on a sentence repetition task before receiving any Polish instruction, after 4 hours of instruction, and again after 8 hours. The results suggest that even as little as 8 hours of exposure induces a recognizable interlanguage; that the influence of global input can be predicted by word length, word stress, phonemic distance, transparency, position and frequency; and that the role these factors play evolves over time. Together the results suggest a way to characterise the notion of saliency in the input.
Published online: 28 August 2003
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