Journal of Second Language Studies

Journal of Second Language Studies (JSLS) is an international refereed journal that is dedicated to promoting scholarly exchanges, advancing theoretical knowledge, and exploring pedagogical implications in second language acquisition and teaching. The journal particularly welcomes interdisciplinary research dealing with theoretical and practical issues of second language learning and acquisition in relation to linguistics, psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, and social cultural studies. It also seeks to promote scientific studies on the learning and teaching of Chinese as a second (foreign) language.

JSLS publishes its articles Online First.

ISSN 2542-3835 | E-ISSN 2542-3843
Sample issue: JSLS 1:1
General Editor
ORCID logoBoping Yuan | University of Cambridge, UK
Executive Editors
Shiyu Wu | Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China | jsls2016 at
Hui Chang | Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China | jsls2016 at
Assistant Editor
Yanjiang Teng | Michigan State University, USA
Editorial Board
Kees de Bot | University of Groningen, Netherlands
ORCID logoScott A. Crossley | Georgia State University, USA
Robert M. DeKeyser | University of Maryland, USA
Kenneth I. Forster | University of Arizona, USA
ORCID logoStefan Th. Gries | University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Scott Jarvis | University of Utah, USA
Nan Jiang | University of Maryland, USA
James P. Lantolf | Pennsylvania State University, USA
Shaofeng Li | Florida State University, USA
ORCID logoDilin Liu | University of Alabama, USA
ORCID logoCharles A. Perfetti | University of Pittsburgh, USA
David Singleton | University of Pannonia, USA
Natasha Tokowicz | University of Pittsburgh, USA
ORCID logoShigenori Wakabayashi | Chuo University, Japan
Chuming Wang | Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China
Feng Yang | Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Lianrui Yang | Ocean University of China, China
Hongliang Yu | Yangzhou University, China
Liming Yu | Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
ORCID logoLawrence Jun Zhang | University of Auckland, New Zealand
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Current issue: 5:2, available as of October 2022

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Volume 5 (2022)

Volume 4 (2021)

Volume 3 (2020)

Volume 2 (2019)

Volume 1 (2018)

Latest articles

10 January 2023

  • Developing and evaluating a contextualized interactional competence rating scale based on a metaphorical conceptualization : A pragmatic mixed-method approach
    Reza Neiriz
  • 18 October 2022

  • Speech competence and speech performance : A dual approach to understanding Chinese-as-a-second-language learners’ speech production ability
    Peijian Paul Sun Lawrence Jun Zhang
  • 20 September 2022

  • Assessing receptive vocabulary using state‑of‑the‑art natural language processing techniques
    Scott Crossley Langdon Holmes
  • 1 September 2022

  • Exploring same- and different grade peer interactions among EFL young learners
    Tomas Kos | JSLS 5:2 (2022) pp. 307–343
  • 15 July 2022

  • Recovery patterns, cross-linguistic transfer effects and modulating factors in the rehabilitation of bilingual aphasia
    Mengmeng Hu | JSLS 5:2 (2022) pp. 364–377
  • 4 July 2022

  • Cross-linguistic influence in the acquisition of articles in L3 English by Danish-Russian bilingual children
    Tatiana Savelieva Yulia Rodina | JSLS 5:2 (2022) pp. 235–265
  • 24 May 2022

  • Processing clause-internal discourse relations in a second language : A case study of specifications in German and French
    Mathis Wetzel , Ludivine Crible Sandrine Zufferey | JSLS 5:2 (2022) pp. 206–234
  • 22 March 2022

  • Pitfalls of production data analysis for investigating L2 cognitive mechanism : An ontological realism perspective
    Junya Fukuta , Yoshito Nishimura Yu Tamura
  • 31 December 2021

  • Talking about oneself : Effects of personalized prompts on L2 learners’ speech
    Charles M. Mueller Peter Richardson | JSLS 5:2 (2022) pp. 344–363
  • 30 November 2021

  • What do (most of) our dispersion measures measure (most)? Dispersion?
    Stefan Th. Gries | JSLS 5:2 (2022) pp. 171–205
  • 12 November 2021

  • What do (some of) our association measures measure (most)? Association?
    Stefan Th. Gries | JSLS 5:1 (2022) pp. 1–33
  • 12 October 2021

  • Explicit versus non-explicit prosodic training in the learning of Spanish L2 stress contrasts by French listeners
    Sandra Schwab Volker Dellwo | JSLS 5:2 (2022) pp. 266–306
  • 27 September 2021

  • Introduction
    Nan Jiang | JSLS 4:2 (2021) pp. 201–203
  • 2 September 2021

  • Bilingual lexical representation : We have some words to say
    Chris Davis Jeesun Kim | JSLS 4:2 (2021) pp. 353–374
  • 20 August 2021

  • Of revistas and magacínes : Lexical competition in the online processing of established loanwords
    Michael A. Johns Paola E. Dussias | JSLS 4:2 (2021) pp. 375–411
  • The impact of one’s response to the teacher’s feedback on the same person’s and the partner’s learning in paired writing : An exploratory application of actor-partner interdependence model
    Taichi Yamashita | JSLS 5:1 (2022) pp. 58–85
  • 3 August 2021

  • Relative clause processing in L1 and L2 English : A maze task investigation
    Jeffrey Witzel Naoko Witzel | JSLS 4:2 (2021) pp. 327–352
  • 2 August 2021

  • Lexical selection in bilingual language production : Evidence from a picture-naming task
    Lea A. Hald Janet L. Nicol | JSLS 4:2 (2021) pp. 268–292
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    1. All submissions should be submitted through the journal’s online submission and manuscript tracking site, and inquiries should be directed towards the editors by e-mailing the journal at: jsls2016 at

    2. Submissions should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition. Submissions that do not follow the APA style or that do not correspond to the focus of the Journal of Second Language Studies will be returned to authors without review.

    3. Contributions must be in English. Spelling should be either American English or British English and should be consistent throughout the paper. If not written by a native speaker, it is advisable to have the paper checked by a native speaker prior to submission.

    4. All articles published in this journal are double-blind peer reviewed. Self-identifying citations and references in the article text should either be avoided or left blank when manuscripts are first submitted. Authors are responsible for reinserting self-identifying citations and references when manuscripts are prepared for final submission.

    5. For initial submission, authors should submit their MANUSCRIPT in electronic form in Word only, double-spaced with 3cm/1 inch margins. While submitting the manuscript authors must provide a concise and informative title of the article; the name, affiliation, and address of each author; a self-contained abstract in English (100-150 words) that should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references, and five to ten keywords to be used for indexing purposes.

    6. Submissions should be approximately 9,000 words long.

    7. Upon acceptance, the author will be requested to furnish the FINAL VERSION in electronic form (Word).

    8. Authors are responsible for observing copyright laws when quoting or reproducing material. The copyright of articles published in the Journal of Second Language Studies is held by the publisher. Permission for the author to use the article elsewhere will be granted by the publisher provided full acknowledgement is given to the source.

    9. Authors should provide the final version of the 100-150 word abstract in English.

    10. Papers should be reasonably divided into sections and, if appropriate, subsections. The headings of these subsections should be numbered in Arabic numerals (1.; 1.1.; 1.1.1.). Authors are advised not to use more than three levels of displayed headings.

    11. Line drawings (FIGURES) should be submitted as reproducible originals. They should be numbered consecutively, and appropriate captions should be provided. Reference to any FIGURES should be given in the appropriate place where they should appear.

    12. TABLES should be numbered consecutively and should be referred to in the main text. TABLES should be created with Word’s table function, not as spreadsheets.

    13. Notes should appear as ENDNOTES and should be concise, kept to a minimum, and numbered consecutively throughout the paper. In the published end format endnotes will appear as footnotes.

    14. REFERENCE in the text should be formatted according to APA style:

    A Work by Two Authors: Name both authors in the signal phrase or in the parentheses each time you cite the work. Use the word “and” between the authors’ names within the text and use the ampersand in the parentheses.

    Research by Wegener and Petty (1994) supports...
    Research supports…. (Wegener & Petty, 1994)

    A Work by Three to Five Authors: List all the authors in the signal phrase or in parentheses the first time you cite the source.

    (Kernis, Cornell, Sun, Berry, & Harlow, 1993)
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    In et al., et should not be followed by a period.

    Six or More Authors: Use the first author’s name followed by et al. in the signal phrase or in parentheses.

    Harris et al. (2001) argued...
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    Two or More Works in the Same Parentheses: When your parenthetical citation includes two or more works, order them the same way they appear in the reference list, separated by a semi-colon. That means that they are in alphabetical, not chronological order.

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    Authors with the Same Last Name: To prevent confusion, use first initials with the last names.

    (E. Johnson, 2001; L. Johnson, 1998)

    Two or More Works by the Same Author in the Same Year: If you have two sources by the same author in the same year, use lower-case letters (a, b, c) with the year to order the entries in the reference list. Use the lower-case letters with the year in the in-text citation.

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    Book (monograph):

    Montrul, S.A. (2008). Incomplete acquisition in bilingualism. Re-examining the age factor. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.


    Anderson, B. (2002). The fundamental equivalence of native and interlanguage grammars: Evidence from argument licensing and adjective position. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Indiana University.

    Book (edited volume):

    Brinton, D., Kagan, O., & Bauckus, S. (Eds.). (2008). Heritage language education. A new field emerging. London: Routledge.

    Article (in book):

    Bullock, B.E., & Toribio, A.J. (2009). Trying to hit a moving target: On the sociophonetics of code-switching. In L. Isurin, D. Winford, & K. de Bot (Eds.), Multidisciplinary approaches to code switching (pp. 189-206). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

    Articles (in journal):

    Grosjean, F. (1998). Studying bilinguals. Methodological and conceptual issues. Bilingualism, Language and Cognition, 1(2), 131-149.

    Bobaljik, J.D. & Wurmbrand, S. (2002). Notes on agrement in Itelmen. Linguistic Discovery, 1(1). Available from <>

    Electronic, online sources:

    Liberman, M. 2006. Uptalk is not HRT. Language Log, 28 March 2006, retrieved on 30 March 2006, from <>

    15. Authors are kindly requested to check their manuscripts very carefully before submission in order to avoid delays in publication. The first author will receive a PDF file with page proofs for final correction. One set must be returned with corrections by the dates determined by the publication schedule. Any author’s alterations other than typographical corrections in the page proofs may be charged to the author.

    16. Authors of main articles will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their paper appears.

    17. Manuscripts should be submitted through the journal’s online submission and manuscript tracking site.

    If you are not able to submit online, or for any other editorial correspondence, please contact the Executive Editor at: jsls2016 at


    Journal of Second Language Studies offers  online submission .

    Before submitting, please consult the  guidelines  and the  Short Guide to EM for Authors .

    If you are not able to submit online, or for any other editorial correspondence, please contact the editors via e-mail: jsls2016 at


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    Main BIC Subject

    CJA: Language teaching theory & methods

    Main BISAC Subject