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Cognitive Bases of Second Language Fluency

1st Edition

By Norman Segalowitz


240 pages

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Winner of the 2011 Kenneth W. Mildenberger Prize

Exploring fluency from multiple vantage points that together constitute a cognitive science perspective, this book examines research in second language acquisition and bilingualism that points to promising avenues for understanding and promoting second language fluency. Cognitive Bases of Second Language Fluency covers essential topics such as units of analysis for measuring fluency, the relation of second language fluency to general cognitive fluidity, social and motivational contributors to fluency, and neural correlates of fluency. The author provides clear and accessible summaries of foundational empirical work on speech production, automaticity, lexical access, and other issues of relevance to second language acquisition theory. Cognitive Bases of Second Language Fluency is a valuable reference for scholars in SLA, cognitive psychology, and language teaching, and it can also serve as an ideal textbook for advanced courses in these fields.


"This book is very important in redefining the terms in which L2 fluency should be conceptualized and what research questions can be usefully posed. To that extent, it will very naturally take its place among the required reading list of graduate students in applied and psycholinguistics. In addition, it keeps a very firm eye on the realities of how people actually learn second languages." - System

"This indispensable book's major contribution lies in its use of a multidisciplinary approach to establish and systemize the field of second language fluency… This book is a 'must have' for anyone working in the field…A pleasure to read."

- The Canadian Modern Language Review

Table of Contents

Preface. Chapter 1: Fluency, second language acquisition and cognitive science. Chapter 2: Measuring second language oral fluency. Chapter 3: Fluency in general cognitive processing. Chapter 4: Second language cognitive fluency. Chapter 5: Social, attitudinal and motivational factors underlying second language fluency. Chapter 6: Widening the interdisciplinary scope: neuroscientific, formal modeling, and philosophical issues in second language fluency. Chapter 7: Toward a cognitive science of second language fluency. Recommended Readings. References.

About the Author

Norman Segalowitz is Professor of Psychology at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and the Associate Director of the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance. He has published widely on cognitive psychological issues in second language acquisition and functioning in adults.

About the Series

Cognitive Science and Second Language Acquisition Series

The Cognitive Science and Second Language Acquisition Series is designed to provide systematic and accessible coverage of the links between basic concepts and findings in cognitive science and second language acquisition (SLA). Titles in the series summarize issues and research in areas of cognitive science which have relevance to SLA, and when read in combination, provide a comprehensive overview of the conceptual and methodological intersects between these two fields. Books in the series are organized under the subfields of cognitive science (representational, functional, developmental, and differential cognitive psychology), and will cover such topics as speech production, fluency, gestures, lexical processing, sentence processing, connectionism, social cognition, working memory, and more.

Research findings and theoretical constructs from cognitive science have become increasingly influential in SLA research in recent years. The Cognitive Science and Second Language Acquisition Series is a valuable reference for scholars who want to increase their knowledge of theoretical and operational definitions in cognitive science, and their applications to SLA. Its titles are ideal for graduate students and researchers in SLA, applied linguistics, cognitive psychology, educational psychology, and language education, and can also serve as textbooks for advanced courses in these fields.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology