Exploring Language Aptitude: Views from Psychology, the Language Sciences, and Cognitive Neuroscience

  • Susanne M. Reiterer

Part of the English Language Education book series (ELED, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Victoria Ameringer, Luke Green, Daniel Leisser, Sabrina Turker
    Pages 1-15
  3. Language Aptitude and Memory

  4. Language Aptitude and Psychological Factors

  5. Language Aptitude in Relation to Neuroscience and Musicality

  6. Language Aptitude and Socio-environmental Influences

  7. Language Aptitude for Pronunciation

About this book


This book presents original, empirical data from quantitative and qualitative research studies in the field of language learning aptitude, ability, and individual differences. It does so from the perspectives of Second Language Acquisition, psychology, neuroscience and sociolinguistics. All studies included in the book use a similar and uniform layout and methodology. Each chapter contains a study examining factors such as memory, personality, self-concept, bilingualism and multilingualism, education, musicality or gender. The chapters investigate the influence of these concepts on language learning aptitude and ability. Several of these chapters analyse hypotheses which have never been tested before and therefore provide novel research results. The book contributes to the field both by verifying and contesting existent findings and by exploring novel approaches to devising research in the subject area. 


Language learning aptitude/ability Foreign language acquisition and learning Individual differences in language attainment Language aptitude in relation to personality and motivation Biological factors in language learning Bi-and multilingualism cognitive linguistic aspects of second language language education policies Psycholinguistics Cognitive neuroscience

Editors and affiliations

  • Susanne M. Reiterer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Linguistics and Centre for Teacher EducationUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-91916-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-91917-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2213-6967
  • Series Online ISSN 2213-6975
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