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Second Language Processing

An Introduction, 1st Edition

By Nan Jiang


336 pages | 25 B/W Illus.

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Second Language Processing: An Introduction is the first textbook to offer a thorough introduction to the field of second language processing (SLP). The study of SLP seeks to illuminate the cognitive processes underlying the processing of a non-native language. While current literature tends to focus on one topic or area of research, this textbook aims to bring these different research strands together in a single volume, elucidating their particularities while also demonstrating the relationships between them. The book begins by outlining what is entailed in the study of SLP, how it relates to other fields of study, and some of the main issues shared across its subareas. It then moves into an exploration of the three major areas of current research in the field—phonological processing, lexical processing, and sentence processing. Each chapter provides a broad overview of the topic and covers the major research methods, models, and studies germane to that area of study. Ideal for students and researchers working in this growing field, Second Language Processing will serve as the go-to guide for a complete examination of the major topics of study in SLP.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introducing Second Language Processing

Chapter 2 Phonological Processing in L2: Concepts, Methods, and ModelsChapter 3 Phonological Processing in L2: Issues and Findings

Chapter 4 Word Recognition in L2

Chapter 5 Processing complex words, multiword units, meaning in L2

Chapter 6 Sentence Processing in L2: Parsing

Chapter 7 Sentence Processing in L2: Sensitivity to Morphosyntactic Violations


About the Author

Nan Jiang is Associate Professor of Second Language Acquisition at the University of Maryland, USA. He is the author of Conducting Reaction Time Research in Second Language Studies (2012) and numerous articles in leading journals of applied linguistics, second language acquisition, and psycholinguistics.

About the Series

Second Language Acquisition Research Series

The Second Language Acquisition Research series presents and explores issues bearing directly on theory construction and/or research methods in the study of second language acquisition. Its titles (both authored and edited volumes) provide thorough and timely overviews of high-interest topics, and include key discussions of existing research findings and their implications. A special emphasis of the series is reflected in the monographs dealing with specific data collection methods or instruments.  Each of these monographs addresses the kinds of research questions for which the method/instrument is best suited, offers extended description of its use, and outlines the problems associated with its use. The volumes in this series will be invaluable to students and scholars alike, and perfect for use in courses on research methodology and in individual research.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Psycholinguistics