A Review of the Language-Thought Debate: Multivariant Perspectives

In recent times, there has been a growing interest in analyzing the relationship between language and thought from a variety of points of view to explore whether language comes before thought or thought precedes language. Accordingly, the present paper attempts at mulling over the current debates on this issue, including Chomsky’s (1975, 1983)

Learners Test Performance and Gardner`S Multiple Inteligence Theory: Intercorrelation in a Bilingual Context

Although decisions and inferences made based on test scores depend both on the characteristics of test takers and testing environment, the former seems to have the most overriding importance. The present study which was conducted in a bilingual environment is in line with this assumption and is aimed at investigating intelligence as

Neobehaviorism and Second Language Acquisition

Behaviorism dominated the field of SLA until the end of the 1960s and found its most visible application in contrastive analysis and the audiolingual method (Johnson, 2004, p. 10). In this tradition, the focus was on the learner’s external environment. By now it is consensus that a mature psychology will contain a level

Bilingual Lexical Activation in Sentence and Non-Sentence Context: a Study of Cross-Language Lexical Processing

Research on word recognition across languages has gained popularity in recent years, due to its overall bearing on the psycholinguistic account of language acquisition. To this end, this study was an attempt to demonstrate the differential influences of L2 proficiency, and type of context on the lexical recognition and retrieval of bilinguals. For

A Critical Look at the Presentation, Practice, Production (Ppp) Approach: Challenges and Promises for Elt

English language teaching has left behind many ups and downs until the introduction of CLT and TBLT methodologies in recent years. Much attempt has been made both by researchers and language instructors to make use of the most efficient teaching practices aimed at enhancing language production and affecting learning outcomes in a positive

The Effects of Call on Vocabulary Learning: a Case of Iranian Intermediate Efl Learners

In the past, vocabulary teaching and learning were often given little priority in second language programs but recently there has been a renewed interest in the nature of vocabulary and its role in learning and teaching. Although most teachers might be aware of the importance of technology, say, computer, rarely teachers use it

The Influence of Neurolinguistic Applications on Second Language Research: Reviewing the Issues and Refocusing the Debate

The influence of neurolinguistic applications on second language pedagogy has often been a controversial subject of dispute. As such, researchers in this field have faced with some blurred and conflicting views in terms of the pedagogical applicability of neurological discoveries for second language instruction. In light of this research-based concern, the current short

On Major Perspectives on Language Acquisition: Nativism, Connectionism, and Emergentism

The phenomenon of language acquisition is a controversial issue within the field of language-related studies. Different approaches have been proposed to take account of this complicated matter. The present paper attempts at reviewing the current cognitive perspectives on language acquisition, i.e., Connectionism and Emergentism and exploring to what extent they are different from Nativism.

Hybridization of Fuzzy Clustering and Hierarchical Method for Link Discovery

Clustering is an active research topic in data mining and different methods have been proposed in the literature. Most of these methods are based on numerical attributes. Recently, there have been several proposals to develop clustering methods that support mixed attributes. There are three basic groups of clustering methods: partitional