publication . Article . 2009

Cognitive differences in second language learners and the critical period effects

Bastos Figueiredo, S. A.; Carlos Silva;
  • Published: 01 Jan 2009
  • Country: Portugal
Abstract
Research has shown a strong association between psychological, affective, neurological and learning variables, related also with age and gender factors, in the process of acquisition and/or learning of a second language. However, there is a theoretical controversy concerning the way the critical period may affect different levels of language competence. We developed an assessment instrument to test the phonological awareness and general cognitive achievement in L2, for application in L2 learners and also in monolinguals (natives). The goal is to predict the dimension of age (chronological age, age of acquisition, age of arrival) in the L2 literacy skills develop...
Subjects
free text keywords: Psychology, Second-language acquisition, Second language learners, Cognitive psychology, Phonological awareness, Lateralization of brain function, Cognition, Linguistics, Critical period effects, lateralization, mother tongue interference, second language acquisition
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