An analysis of implicit knowledge to second language acquisition-SLA
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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