[PS-3.24] Effects of Phonological Store Capacity in L2 Incidental Word Learning: the case of Advanced Learners

Garcia Castro, V. 1, 2

1 University of York
2 University of Costa Rica

Phonological store capacity and the ability to learn phonological regularities contributes to productive and receptive L2 lexical competence (Speciale et al., 2004). The effects of phonological store capacity in advanced learners and their recognition and recall processes of multiple words? aspects is still unclear .This study presents an experiment that investigated the effects of that capacity, tested through a sound recognition task, on the recognition and recall of grammatical functions, orthographic forms, and meaning- association of seven English-like nonwords. Participants were seventeen advanced learners of English. In the treatment, participants read short pieces of written input that included the target words spread throughout the texts (twelve repetitions of each target word). After the exposure task, participants undertook six immediate post-tests: three recognition and three recall tasks for the aspects mentioned above. It was found that high scores in phonological store capacity highly correlate with recognition and recall of grammatical functions; that high scores in phonological pattern recognition can indicate high grammatical pattern recognition, and thus, acquisition of L2 grammatical functions; that phonological store capacity may predict L2 incidental grammar learning, and that the effects of high phonological storage capacity in L2 advanced learners can make a more L1 scenario.