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Title: Implicit and explicit measures of sensitivity to violations in second language grammar
Author: Natasha Tokowicz
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Author: Brian Macwhinney
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Institution: Carnegie Mellon University
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition
Abstract: We used event-related brain potentials (ERPs) to investigate the contributions of explicit and implicit processes during second language (L2) sentence comprehension. We used a L2 grammaticality judgment task (GJT) to test 20 native English speakers enrolled in the first four semesters of Spanish while recording both accuracy and ERP data. Because end-of-sentence grammaticality judgments are open to conscious inspection, we reasoned that they can be influenced by strategic
processes that reflect on formal rules and therefore reflect primarily offline explicit processing. On the other hand, because ERPs are a direct reflection of online processing, they reflect automatic, nonreflective, implicit responses to stimuli (Osterhout, Bersick, & McLaughlin, 1997; Rugg et al., 1998; Tachibana et al., 1999).

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This article appears IN Studies in Second Language Acquisition Vol. 27, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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