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The role of working memory in processing L2 input: Insights from eye-tracking

The role of working memory in processing L2 input: Insights from eye-tracking

Published in: Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, Volume 21, Issue 2, 355-374

Abstract
“Our study investigated how attention paid to a target syntactic construction causative had is related to the storage capacity and attention regulation function of working memory (WM) and how these WM abilities moderate the change of knowledge of the target construction in different input conditions. 80 Sri Lankan learners of English were exposed to examples of the target construction in explicit and implicit learning conditions and their eye movements were tracked as they read the input. Correlational and multiple regression analyses indicated a very strong relationship between WM abilities and gains in the knowledge of the target construction. WM scores were closely associated with gains in receptive knowledge in all input conditions, but they had a weaker link to the improvement of productive knowledge in the implicit learning conditions. The amount of attention paid to input was also strongly related to WM abilities.”

Written by: Bimali Indrarathne, Judit Kormos
For full text: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1366728917000098

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