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The effects of task repetition on linguistic output

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  • Susan M. Gass
  • Alison Mackey
  • María José Alvarez-Torres
  • Marisol Fernandez-Garcia
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>12/1999
<mark>Journal</mark>Language Learning
Issue number4
Number of pages33
Pages (from-to)549-581
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This article explores form/meaning relationships, focussing on the use learners make of their internal L2 linguistic resources as a function of focus on meaning. Native speakers ofEnglish watched video segments 4 times while recording their own on-line rendition in Spanish. One group watched the same video 3 times and the other group watched different videos each time. At Time 4 both experimental groups saw a new video. A control group saw videos only at Time 1 and Time 4. Analyses were conducted on the basis of overall proficiency, morphosyntax, and lexical sophistication. The results provide limited support for the prediction of improvement over time for the group that saw the same video, but no support for a “carryover” effect when the content changed.