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Author Rast, Rebekah, 1960-

Title Foreign language input : initial processing / Rebekah Rast
Published Clevedon, UK ; Buffalo, NY : Multilingual Matters, [2008]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 261 pages) : illustrations
Series Second language acquisition ; 28
Second language acquisition (Clevedon, England) ; 28
Contents Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction; Part 1 Theoretical Preliminaries; Chapter 1 Input and Intake Revisited; Chapter 2 First Exposure Studies; Part 2 The Study; Chapter 3 Polish-French Contrastive Analysis; Chapter 4 Research Methodology; Chapter 5 The Adult's Available Knowledge at First Exposure to an Unknown Language; Chapter 6 Case Studies: Two Learners with Similar Linguistic Profiles; Chapter 7 Speech Perception; Chapter 8 Speech Comprehension; Chapter 9 Grammatical Analysis; Chapter 10 Concluding Remarks; Appendix 1; Appendix 2; Appendix 3; Appendix 4; Appendix 5
Summary "This book presents the most comprehensive study to date of the starting point of second language acquisition. Its focus is on the language input that learners receive and what they actually do with this input. The empirical study detailed in the book follows a methodology in which all of the language input provided to the learners from the moment of first exposure is controlled, recorded and transcribed. This input is then quantitatively compared to the learners' performance on language tasks administered at various time intervals up to eight hours after first exposure. This in-depth analysis of the input and the learners' performance sheds light on questions still unanswered in second language acquisition literature, such as what knowledge is brought to the acquisition process and how learners use this knowledge to process new linguistic information."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 246-257) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Polish language -- Acquisition.
Second language acquisition.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1847690432 (electronic bk.)
9781847690432 (electronic bk.)
(paperback; alk. paper)
(hbk. ; alk. paper)