Extended, embodied cognition and second language acquisition

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A cognitivist approach to cognition has traditionally dominated second language acquisition (SLA) studies. In this article, I examine two alternative approaches - extended cognition and embodied cognition - for how they might help us conceptualize SLA. More specifically, I present: (i) summaries of extended and embodied cognition, followed by reasons why the two can be treated as a single, synthetic perspective; (ii) an approach to SLA grounded in an extended, embodied view of cognition - i.e. a sociocognitive approach - in three principles; and (iii) a naturally occurring example of extended, embodied cognition-for-SLA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)599-622
Number of pages24
JournalApplied Linguistics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language


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