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Title: Using Eye-Tracking to Investigate Topics in L2 Acquisition and L2 Processing
Author: Leah Roberts
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Institution: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Author: Anna Siyanova-Chanturia
Institution: Victoria University of Wellington
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition
Abstract: Second language (L2) researchers are becoming more interested in both L2 learners’ knowledge of the target language and how that knowledge is put to use during real-time language processing. Researchers are therefore beginning to see the importance of combining traditional L2 research methods with those that capture the moment-by-moment interpretation of the target language, such as eye-tracking. The major benefit of the eye-tracking method is that it can tap into real-time (or online) comprehension processes during the uninterrupted processing of the input, and thus, the data can be compared to those elicited by other, more metalinguistic tasks to offer a broader picture of language acquisition and processing. In this article, we present an overview of the eye-tracking technique and illustrate the method with L2 studies that show how eye-tracking data can be used to (a) investigate language-related topics and (b) inform key debates in the fields of L2 acquisition and L2 processing.


This article appears IN Studies in Second Language Acquisition Vol. 35, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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