The fate of the native language in second language learning

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This project tests thypothesis is that successful L2 learners are individuals who are able to tolerate change to the native language. That change may involve processing costs that initially slow the native language and make native language performance more error prone, make learners less sensitive to some features of the native language, and that open the native language to the influences of the L2. High levels of cognitive resources and immersion in the L2 may enhance this process but what is hypothesized to be fundamental is change to the first language (L1) that functionally allows the L2 to develop as part of the language system.
Effective start/end date1/08/1531/07/18


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