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Title: Toward a theoretical framework for researching second language production
Authors: Hu, Guangwei, 1962-
Keywords: Attention
Knowledge representation
Models of second language learning and use
Second language production
Systematic variation of second language output
Issue Date: 2013
Citation: Hu, G. (2013). Toward a theoretical framework for researching second language production. Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies, 396(12), 31-45.
Abstract: Various theories have been proposed to account for second language production and the systematic variation characteristic of such production. Most of these theories, however, constitute only partial explanations because they often fail to handle mixed empirical findings about factors held to affect second language output and underlie systematic variation. This paper proposes a new theoretical framework for posing and addressing research questions about second language production in general and systematic variation in particular. Building on influential cognitive models of second language learning and use, the theoretical framework comprises three cognitive dimensions, viz. knowledge representation, attentional focus, and processing automaticity, which interact with each other. The theoretical framework is justified by drawing on the cognitive literature and cumulative findings from second language acquisition (SLA) research. The paper also outlines applications of the framework to issues of interest to SLA researchers working on a number of different fronts.
ISSN: 1674-8921
Other Identifiers: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2013.12.004
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