Second language learners acquire knowledge beyond what is present in the input

Target audience: intermediate learners.

Learners acquire unconscious knowledge about the language they are learning that could not have come exclusively from the input.

For example:

  • Learners learn constraints on what is grammatical in a language which are not explicitly taught and not evident in what they hear or read.
  • Learners learn about ambiguity: in the sentence Albert asked Bill if he was a bear, the point of controversy could be whether Albert is a bear or Bill is a bear.

See: [[ Logical problem of language acquisition]], [[Poverty of the stimulus ]].


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