Search for dissertations about: "language aptitude"

Found 5 swedish dissertations containing the words language aptitude.

  1. 1. Validity considerations in the study of language learning aptitude

    Author : Lars Bokander; Kristina Danielsson; Jan H. Hulstijn; Linnéuniversitetet; []
    Keywords : HUMANITIES; HUMANIORA; HUMANIORA; HUMANITIES; language aptitude; language testing; individual differences; Swedish vocabulary; test validation; Lingvistik; Linguistics;

    Abstract : Language learning aptitude is a hypothesized psychological construct that has been used to explain differences in how fast and how well people can acquire a second language (L2). It is generally assumed that language learning aptitude is a multidimensional phenomenon, meaning that it consists of sub-constructs that are not necessarily interrelated. READ MORE

  2. 2. Age differences in first language attrition : A maturational constraints perspective

    Author : Emanuel Bylund Spångberg; Kenneth Hyltenstam; Niclas Abrahamsson; Silvina Montrul; Stockholms universitet; []
    Keywords : HUMANITIES; HUMANIORA; HUMANIORA; HUMANITIES; first language attrition; age differences; maturational constraints; critical period; language acquisition; bilingualism; international adoptees; conceptual proficiency; language aptitude; Bilingualism; Tvåspråkighet; tvåspråkighetsforskning; Bilingualism;

    Abstract : This thesis investigates age-related differences in first language (L1) attrition in a second language (L2) setting. The thesis is based on four individual studies. READ MORE

  3. 3. Brain anatomical correlates of perceptual phonological proficiency and language learning aptitude

    Author : Mikael Novén; Allmän språkvetenskap; []
    Keywords : HUMANIORA; HUMANITIES; MEDICIN OCH HÄLSOVETENSKAP; MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES; MEDICIN OCH HÄLSOVETENSKAP; HUMANIORA; MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES; HUMANITIES; Prosody; word accent; MRI; language learning aptitude; cortical morphometry; diffusion kurtosis imaging;

    Abstract : The present dissertation concerns how brain tissue properties reflect proficiency in two aspects of language use: the ability to use tonal cues on word stems to predict how words will end and the aptitude for learning foreign languages. While it is known that people differ in their language abilities and that damage to brain tissue cause loss of cognitive functions, it is largely unknown if differences in language proficiencies correlate with differences in brain structure. READ MORE

  4. 4. Learning of Definiteness by Belarusian Students of Swedish as a Foreign Language : Inlärning av bestämdhet hos svenskstuderande i Belarus

    Author : Anders Agebjörn; Göteborgs universitet; Göteborgs universitet; Gothenburg University; []
    Keywords : HUMANIORA; HUMANITIES; second-language acquisition; third-language acquisition; Russian; English; Swedish; definiteness; noun phrase; implicit and explicit knowledge; cross-linguistic influence; language-learning aptitude; complexity; input frequency;

    Abstract : Through a series of studies, this thesis investigates the learning of definiteness in Russian-speaking students of Swedish. A communicative, oral-production task elicited modified and non-modified noun phrases in indefinite and definite contexts. READ MORE

  5. 5. Blindness and Second Language Acquisition : Studies of Cognitive Advantages in Blind L1 and L2 speakers

    Author : Helena Smeds; Niclas Abrahamsson; Lars-Göran Nilsson; Loraine Obler; Stockholms universitet; []
    Keywords : HUMANITIES; HUMANIORA; HUMANIORA; HUMANITIES; Early blindness; late blindness; L1 speakers; L2 speakers; cognitive advantages; second language acquisition; phonological short-term memory; recognition memory; episodic memory; speech perception in noise; accentedness in L2 speech; Bilingualism; tvåspråkighet;

    Abstract : The aim of this study is to investigate whether blind individuals display cognitive advantages over sighted individuals with regard to second language acquisition. Previous studies from neuropsychology have indicated that this is the case. READ MORE