Learning Style Preferences Prove Irrelevant In L2 Vocabulary Acquisition

Daniel Tight at the University of Minnesota has announced the completion of his dissertation, "The Role of Perceptual Learning Style Preferences and Instructional Method in the Acquisition of L2 Spanish Vocabulary," on Linguist List. The abstract details a study which measured the effectiveness of preferred learning styles (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) in 128 intermediate-level L2 college... Continue Reading →

On the Evolution of Language

Both Nature and PNAS have put out two fascinating papers on the evolution of language. Nature's "Quantifying the evolutionary dynamics of language," studies how grammatical rules change over time, a term the authors call regularization. The authors specifically studied the regularization of English verbs over the past 1,200 years. Here's a summary of what they... Continue Reading →

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