Second Language Lexical Production: A Taboo Topic - Foreign Language Learning Colloquium Speaker Series Lecture

Dr. Gretchen Sunderman, Florida State University
Learning a second language (L2) necessarily entails building a new lexicon in that language. In this talk, I present data from two production experiments that investigate the notion of conceptual mediation in the developing lexicon. The results of the combined studies suggest 1) that conceptual mediation is related to more skilled performance, but comes at a cost to the first language (L1) and 2) that control of spoken production may be affected by proficiency as well as individual differences in the ability to allocate cognitive resources.