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Referent Similarity

  • Craig Lambert
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Abstract

This chapter defines referent similarity as factor in L2 task design. It begins by outlining Rosenberg & Cohen’s (1964) model of referent identification processes and how this model relates to early research on the relationship between the similarity of referents and variation in L1 English speech. More recent work on similarity and L1 speakers of French and Italian is then considered. As yet, there has been no research on referent similarity in TBLT although the need for such research has frequently been pointed out (e.g., Long, 2015; Yule, 1997). Referent similarity is then disambiguated from another construct discussed in the TBLT literature: the number of elements involved in completing a task (Robinson, 2011b). It is argued that these two variables represent separate underlying constructs and relate to separate processes. The chapter concludes with an operational definition of referent similarity as factor in L2 task design together with a model of its predicted effects on L2 speech production.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Craig Lambert
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  1. 1.Curtin UniversityPerthAustralia

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