Age-related Variations in E.F.L Learners’ Attentiveness to Prosodic vs. Syntactic Cues of Sentence Structure

| June 28, 2006
Title
Age-related Variations in E.F.L Learners’ Attentiveness to Prosodic vs. Syntactic Cues of Sentence Structure

Keywords: Age, Processing, Prosody, Syntax, Cues

Authors
Forood Sepassi, Ph.D.
Azad University, Shiraz

Bio Data
Farood Sepassi’s Ph.D thesis was in psycholinguistics. He is interested in all kinds of linguistically-oriented studies and publishes in many areas related to linguistics and TEFL.

Abstract
This study has investigated the relationship between the age of Iranian EFL learners and the strategy they seek in their interpretation of sentences. A task was devised to solicit either prosodically or syntactically motivated responses from two groups of participants aged 12-13, and 17 and over, respectively. Comparison of the different age groups’ performance on the task revealed that younger learners were more inclined to follow prosodic cues and older learners were more inclined to follow syntactic ones.

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Category: Quarterly Journal, Volume 8 Issue 2