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What is 'priming', and what might priming techniques be able to tell us about L2 learning and proficiency?

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Title of host publicationIssues in Second Language Proficiency
DatePublished - 2009
Number of pages23
Original languageEnglish


There have been many calls to develop ways of measuring implicit learning processes. One possibility is the use of priming techniques. This chapter describes what priming is, and reviews the various paradigms, methods and theoretical frameworks that are related to priming research. It includes an overview of the kinds of L2 research which have investigated input processing. The chapter concludes with a discussion of some of the problems and possible future directions of using priming techniqus for informing our understanding of how L2 proficiency is attained.

    Research areas

  • second langauge learning, priming, repetition priming, verb inflections, French

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