Challenges in implicit learning research: Validating a novel artificial language


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This chapter documents some of the methodological challenges in the use of artificial grammars in second language research. In the three experiments reported here, participants were exposed to an artificial language system based on Czech morphology under incidental learning conditions. After several modifications to the design of Experiments 1 and 2, Experiment 3 provided evidence that learners can acquire knowledge of L2 case marking incidentally. Taken together, these three experiments illustrate the challenges that researchers can face when carrying out incidental learning research, in particular the often unreported difficulty in establishing an initial learning effect when piloting a novel, semi-artificial language system. Copyright © 2015 John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImplicit and explicit learning of languages
EditorsPatrick REBUSCHAT
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
ISBN (Electronic)9789027268723
ISBN (Print)9789027241900, 9789027241894, 902726872X
Publication statusPublished - 2015


Rogers, J., Révész, A., & Rebuschat, P. (2015). Challenges in implicit learning research: Validating a novel artificial language. In P. Rebuschat (Ed.), Implicit and explicit learning of languages (pp. 275–300). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.


  • Experimental design
  • Artificial language learning
  • Implicit learning
  • Incidental learning

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