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202103.31 What Cognitive Factors Better Predict Learning of Linguistic Semantic Rules? (Paper publication) Posted in RESEARCH

The world’s languages are filled with various conceptual and social information infused into their grammar, as in the picture above depicting the Dyirbal culture who classify their world view as animate/masculine objects, nature/dangerous objects, and edible objects, to draw attention to relevant things in a society’s worldview.  So then, would a general cognitive factor like working memory or a specific cognitive factor like language aptitude be a better predictor of learning language rules that rely on information outside of linguistic form? The aim of this study was to determine the contributions of working memory and language aptitude in learning language rules that rely on conceptual knowledge, and the results revealed that working memory is a better predictor than language aptitude in learning these types of rules (Diego).

https://doi.org/10.34609/sls.19.0_77
 

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