Nonword span as a unique predictor of second-language vocabulary learning

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Abstract

This study attempts to extend the relationship between phonological memory and word acquisition to the experimental learning of second-language vocabulary. Nonword span was used to measure phonological memory and was found to be generally predictive of the number of trials needed for acquiring certain English (second-language) new words for a group of Hong Kong 7th graders. This relationship, however, was preserved only in those whose English vocabulary size was below the group median. It was concluded that phonological memory plays a part in second-language word learning, and its effect interacts with the learner's long-term knowledge in that language. Copyright © 1996 by the American Psychological Association, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)867-873
JournalDevelopmental Psychology
Volume32
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1996

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Cheung, H. (1996). Nonword span as a unique predictor of second-language vocabulary learning. Developmental Psychology, 32(5), 867-873. doi: 10.1037/0012-1649.32.5.867