Psycholinguistic techniques and resources in second language acquisition research

Leah Roberts*

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Abstract

In this article, a survey of current psycholinguistic techniques relevant to second language acquisition (SLA) research is presented. I summarize many of the available methods and discuss their use with particular reference to two critical questions in current SLA research: (1) What does a learner's current knowledge of the second language (L2) look like?; (2) How do learners process the L2 in real time? The aim is to show how psycholinguistic techniques that capture real-time (online) processing can elucidate such questions; to suggest methods best suited to particular research topics, and types of participants; and to offer practical information on the setting up of a psycholinguistics laboratory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-127
Number of pages15
JournalSecond Language Research
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

Keywords

  • psycholinguistics
  • parsing
  • syntactic processing
  • reading
  • on-line methods
  • eye-tracking
  • self-paced reading
  • SUBJECT-OBJECT AMBIGUITIES
  • SENTENCE COMPREHENSION
  • GENDER AGREEMENT
  • EYE-TRACKING
  • L2
  • ENGLISH
  • RESOLUTION
  • LEARNERS
  • PLAUSIBILITY
  • SPEAKERS

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