Publication details [#58754]

Muñoz, Carmen. 2014. Contrasting Effects of Starting Age and Input on the Oral Performance of Foreign Language Learners. Applied Linguistics 35 (4) : 463–482.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
Oxford University Press


Film-retelling oral narratives from 160 English as a foreign language learners are examined with respect to glibness, lexical diversity, and syntactic intricacy. Regression and correlational analyses demonstrate that input is stronger related to oral performance measures than starting age, and that accumulative exposure to and, particularly, contact with high-standard input are good forecasters of foreign language learners’ oral performance.