“Accounting for individual differences in second language acquisition: The role of long-term memory”
Professor, Hispanic Linguistics and Psychology Interim Associate Director, School of Literature, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics University of Illinois at Chicago
Accounting for individual differences in second language acquisition can contribute to our understanding of the mechanisms involved in language acquisition and can have implications for language learning endeavors. Here, I consider the role of two, long-term, cognitive memory systems as individual differences in the acquisition of second language grammar. In doing so, I first describe the declarative and procedural memory systems and consider theories that address a role for declarative and procedural memory in second language acquisition. Next, I discuss behavioral and electrophysiological evidence in regard to predictions made by the theories. I also consider how the contributions of these long-term memory systems may interact with each other and with different learning conditions. Finally, I conclude with discussion of important directions and questions for future research on the role of declarative and procedural memory as individual differences in second language.
The Washington University Foreign Language Learning Colloquium Speaker Series is sponsored by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures; the Department of Psychology; the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures; the Department of Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures; the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, the Department of Education, and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.