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.
2022. Vocabulary learning at first exposure: Replication of Gullberg et al. (2012) and Shoemaker and Rast (2013). Language Teaching► pp. 1 ff.
2006. Le premier contact avec une nouvelle langue étrangère : comment s’acquitter d’une tâche de compréhension ?. Acquisition et interaction en langue étrangère :24 ► pp. 119 ff.
Shoemaker, Ellenor & Rebekah Rast
2013. Extracting words from the speech stream at first exposure. Second Language Research 29:2 ► pp. 165 ff.
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