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Introduction: Towards an Interdisciplinary Understanding of Language Aptitude

  • Victoria AmeringerEmail author
  • Luke Green
  • Daniel Leisser
  • Sabrina Turker
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Part of the English Language Education book series (ELED, volume 16)

Abstract

This book represents a collection of quantitative studies on language aptitude in the context of psychology, the language sciences, and cognitive neuroscience. Throughout this book the authors bring together interdisciplinary approaches to language aptitude and its constituents in order to both inspire researchers and contribute to the testing of a new language aptitude test. This is because the authors are part of a teaching and research initiative by the editor, Susanne Maria Reiterer, embedded into the unit of language learning and teaching research (Sprachlehr- und –Lernforschung, SLLF), an interdisciplinary sub-unit affiliated with the linguistics department and the centre for teacher education at the University of Vienna. This research initiative uses a heuristic, exploratory bottom-up approach, as the ideas of the mixed group of young and senior investigators regarding new approaches on language aptitude research form the basis of this book. Some of the authors are part of the “aptitude and multilinguality” group which is currently initiating and exploring a new multilingual aptitude (MULT/AP) test that was developed by Markus Christiner and Susanne Reiterer at the University of Vienna (Christiner & Reiterer, 2017). The MULT/AP test measures phonetic aptitude and aims at identifying factors influencing it, such as cognitive abilities, musicality, gender, and age. Hence, this book is a product of the joint effort of language aptitude researchers who aim at exploring language aptitude’s multiple components, inspire Europe-wide research, and support the development of a novel language aptitude test.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Victoria Ameringer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Luke Green
    • 2
  • Daniel Leisser
    • 3
  • Sabrina Turker
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Linguistics & Department of English and American StudiesUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of English and American StudiesUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria
  3. 3.Department of Linguistics and Centre for Teacher Education, Unit for Language Learning and Teaching ResearchUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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