The Input Processing Theory in second language acquisition

Alessandro G. Benati

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The importance of input has always been recognised in the field of second language acquisition and hence one of the key questions addressed by researchers is how second language (L2) learners process input when listening or reading. The purpose of the present chapter is threefold. First, a synopsis of VanPatten's Input Processing Theory (VanPatten 1996, 2004, 2007) is provided. Input Processing Theory aims to offer an explanation as to how L2 learners process input, how they make form-meaning connections and how they map syntactic structures onto the utterance. Secondly, a review of empirical research supporting input processing principles will be provided and, finally, theoretical and pedagogical implications from research within the input processing framework will be drawn.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Approaches to Second Language Acquisition
EditorsMaría del Pilar García Mayo, María Junkal Gutierrez Mangado, María Martínez Adrián
Place of PublicationAmsterdam, The Netherlands
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9789027205285
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2013

Publication series

NameAILA Applied Linguistics Series
PublisherJohn Benjamins B. V.


  • second language acquisition, Input Processing Theory

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