Journal of Psycholinguistic Research

, Volume 43, Issue 3, pp 289–297 | Cite as

Working Memory Capacity and Self-Repair Behavior in First and Second Language Oral Production



This study explores the relationship between working memory capacity and self-repair behavior in first (L1) and second language (L2) oral production. 40 Iranian intermediate EFL learners participated in this study. Their working memory capacity was measured via a version of listening span test. The participants performed two oral narrative tasks, one in their L2 (English) and one in their L1 (Farsi). Then, they were asked to listen to their own narrations and comment on the repairs they made in their speech. Self-repairs were analyzed and categorized taking into account the participants’ stimulated recall comments. Results of the analyses pointed to positive correlations between the participants’ working memory capacity and self-repairs in the L2 but not in the L1. Also, results revealed that whereas in the case of L1, the participants effectuated different-information and appropriacy repairs more than error-repairs, in the case of L2 more error-repairs were made.


First language Second language Self-repair behavior Working memory capacity 



This research was funded by Islamic Azad University, Zahedan Branch.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishIslamic Azad UniversityZahedanIran
  2. 2.Department of English, Faculty of foreign LanguagesUniversity of IsfahanIsfahanIran

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