Lexical Processing and Second Language Acquisition

By Natasha Tokowicz

© 2015 – Routledge

122 pages

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About the Book

Lexical Processing and Second Language Acquisition provides a comprehensive overview of research on second language lexical processing, integrating converging research and perspectives from Cognitive Science and Second Language Acquisition. The book begins by introducing the dominant issues addressed by research in the field in cognitive science and discussing the relevant models in the literature. It later moves toward exploring the different factors that impact second language lexical processing as well as cognitive neuroscientific approaches to the study of the issues discussed throughout the book. A concluding chapter offers a global summary of the key issues and research strands, in addition to directions for future research, with a list of recommended readings providing students and researchers with avenues for further study.


"Comprehensive and impressive! This outstanding book presents an integrative review of theories, models, and data in second language lexical processing, delineating the relevant cognitive, computational, and neural mechanisms and connecting processing with representation and learner characteristics. A much needed integration – informative to both experts and students new to the field." – Ping Li, Professor of Psychology, Linguistics, and Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Table of Contents

1. Lexical processing and second language acquisition: Overview of the issues 2. General models 3. Models of language processing 4. Models of language representation 5. Learner characteristics and their impact on second language lexical processing 6. Word and translation pair characteristics and their impact on second language lexical processing 7. The application of cognitive neuroscientific approaches to the study of second language lexical processing 8. Conclusions and directions for future research

About the Author

Natasha Tokowicz is Associate Professor of Psychology and Linguistics and Research Scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh.

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