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1st Edition

Salience in Second Language Acquisition

ISBN 9781138225688
Published August 22, 2017 by Routledge
326 Pages

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Book Description

Salience in Second Language Acquisition brings together contributions from top scholars of second language acquisition (SLA) in a comprehensive volume of the existing literature and current research on salience. In the first book to focus exclusively on this integral topic, the editors and contributors define and explore what makes a linguistic feature salient in sections on theory, perpetual salience, and constructed salience. They also provide a history of SLA theory and discussion on its contemporary use in research. An approachable introduction to the topic, this book is an ideal supplement to courses in SLA, and a valuable resource for researchers and scholars looking for a better understanding of the subject.

Table of Contents

1 Salience in Second Language Acquisition and Related Fields
Susan M. Gass, Patti Spinner, and Jennifer Behney

Part I Salience in SLA Theory

2 Salience in Usage-Based SLA
Nick Ellis

3 Detectability in Feature Reassembly
Donna Lardiere

4 The Role of Salience in Linguistic Development: A Contrarian View
William O’Grady, Kitaek Kim, and Chae-Eun Kim

Part II Perceptual Salience in SLA

5 The L2 Acquisition of Italian Tense: The Role of Salience
Jennifer Behney, Patti Spinner, Susan M. Gass, and Lorena Valmori

6 The Effect of Perceptual Salience on Processing L2 Inflectional Morphology
Hannelore Simoens, Alex Housen, and Ludovic De Cuypere

7 The Role of Salience in the Acquisition of Hebrew as a Second Language: Interaction With Age of Acquisition
Robert DeKeyser, Iris Alfi-Shabtay, Dorit Ravid, and Meng Shi

8 Salience and Novel L2 Pattern Learning
Kim McDonough and Pavel Trofimovich

Part III Constructed Salience in SLA

9 Enhancing the Input to Promote Salience of the L2: A Critical Overview
Ronald P. Leow and Alexandra Martin

10 Salience, Cognitive Effort, and Word Learning: Insights from Pupillometry
Kelli Ryan, Phillip Hamrick, Ryan T. Miller, and Christopher A. Was

11 Effects of Contextual and Visual Cues on Spoken Language Processing: Enhancing L2 Perceptual Salience Through Focused Training
Debra M. Hardison

Part IV Salience in Context

12 Salience of Noun-Adjective Agreement in L2 Latin
John Sarkissian and Jennifer Behney

13 Measuring Lexical Alignment During L2 Chat Interaction: An Eye-Tracking Study
Marije Michel and Bryan Smith

14 Task Modality, Noticing, and the Contingency of Recasts: Insights on Salience From Multiple Modalities
Nicole Ziegler

Afterword: The Role of Salience in Second Language Research
Patti Spinner, Jennifer Behney, and Susan M. Gass


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Susan M. Gass is University Distinguished Professor in the Second Language Studies Program at Michigan State University, USA. She has served as President of the American Association for Applied Linguistics and of the International Association of Applied Linguistics. She is the recipient of numerous awards and is the current co-editor of Studies in Second Language Acquisition.

Patti Spinner is Associate Professor in the Second Language Studies Program at Michigan State University, USA.

Jennifer Behney is Assistant Professor of Italian and Second Language Acquisition in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Youngstown State University, USA.


"This is an exceptional collection, well worth reading for anyone interested in SLA research. The volume's most valuable features are its coverage of a wide range of opinions, theoretical positions and contexts, as well as the clarity of the insights provided, which enhances our understanding of what salience means and the role that it plays. A much needed resource!"
Jenefer Philp, Lancaster University, UK