Chapter published in:Widening Contexts for Processability Theory: Theories and issues
Edited by Anke Lenzing, Howard Nicholas and Jana Roos
[Processability Approaches to Language Acquisition Research & Teaching 7] 2019
► pp. 49–72
Productive and receptive processes in PT
In this study, we investigate whether Processability Theory (Pienemann, 1998, 2005) accounts for reception data, and whether productive and receptive processing routines emerge simultaneously. Sixty-one learners of English as a second language (ESL learners) participate in an oral interview and self-paced reading (SPR) task targeting five stages of PT. Two analyses are performed: Implicational scaling and a comparison of individuals’ performance on the oral interview versus the SPR. The implicational table demonstrates that the SPR data do not clearly reflect the PT order, and the comparison data demonstrate that individuals’ performance on the oral production task does not match their performance on the SPR task. The results suggest that PT as currently formulated may not account for receptive data, and that productive and receptive processes may not always emerge simultaneously.
Published online: 28 November 2019
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