An analysis of implicit knowledge to second language acquisition-SLA

  • Adriana Riess Karnal UNISINOS- RS
Keywords: implicit knowledge, second language acquisition, symbolic and conexionist paradigms


This paper presents a historical overview concerning implicit knowledge and its

relation to Second Language Acquisition (SLA). We contrast the symbolic and connectionist

paradigms and how cognition is organized in each perspective. Moreover, we describe to what

extent the interactionist perspective can be articulated under a cognitive model. The interface

between explicit and implicit knowledge and the access problem are revisited as they are still

the main tenets in the UG discussion. On the other hand, the connectionist point of view is

oriented to the importance of internal mechanisms, such as memory and input processing. In

spite of being two distinct approaches, they both recognize that most learning is implicit. The

outcomes towards second language acquisition and teaching sketch how models should be built,

that is, they ought to consider input, interaction and cognition.


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Karnal, A. R. (2012). An analysis of implicit knowledge to second language acquisition-SLA. BELT - Brazilian English Language Teaching Journal, 3(2). Retrieved from