Implicit and Explicit Learning of Languages

Implicit and Explicit Learning of Languages

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The distinction between implicit and explicit learning is currently a major theme within cognitive psychology, particularly in relation to memory and learning. Learning can take place implicitly, with explicit problem-solving skills, or as a result of explicit instruction. Employing a cognitive approach to combine contributions from specialists in disciplines such as psychology, linguistics, neuroscience and computing, this book presents a general study of how learing takes place. In particular, it looks at how various processes affect and influence language acquisition.
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  • Hardback | 576 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 38mm | 1,020.59g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • indices
  • 0122374754
  • 9780122374753

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"Clearly this valuable addition to the SLA literature raises fundamental issues for future research."
"This is a good collection and should be on the shelves of any library which serves language research."
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Implicit and explicit language learning - an overview; the unruly world of language; the input hypothesis and its rivals; a theory of instructed second language acquisition; implicit learning and the acquisition of natural languages; implicit and explicit learning of complex tasks; implicit learning and the cognitive unconscious - of artificial grammars and SLA; vocabulary acquisition - the implicit ins and outs of explicit cognitive mediation; second language vocabulary learning - the role of implicit processes; animal learning and the implicit/explicit distinction - or why what we think of as explicit for us can be implicit for them; differences between animal and human learning - implicit and explicit processes; language learner and learning strategies; neurolinguistic aspects of implicit and explicit memory - implications for bilingualism and SLA; connectionism and second language acquisition; universal grammar and L1 acquisition; the metaphor of access to universal grammar in L2 learning; universal grammar and language learnability; the lure and language of implicit memory - a developmental perspective; representation and ways of knowing - three issues in second language acquisition.
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