Reexamining the robustness of aptitude in second language acquisition

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Research on language aptitude has focused extensively on instructed second language (L2) learning and rate of L2 learning, but rarely on long-term L2 achievement in a naturalistic context. In addition, the few studies that have investigated the role of aptitude in morphosyntactic L2 attainment (e.g. Abrahamsson & Hyltenstam 2008; DeKeyser 2000; DeKeyser et al. 2010; Granena & Long 2013), have yielded mixed findings, in spite of having relied on the same type of outcome measure (i.e. a grammaticality judgment test; GJT). The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship between aptitude and long-term L2 achievement as measured in two GJT modalities and sentence complexity conditions. Results showed an interaction between aptitude and GJT scores according to test modality in the L2-speaker group.


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