Journal of Second Language Studies

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General Editor
ORCID logoBoping Yuan | University of Cambridge, UK
Executive Editors
Shiyu Wu | Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China | jsls2016 at
Hui Chang | Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China | jsls2016 at
Assistant Editor
Yanjiang Teng | Michigan State University, USA
Journal of Second Language Studies (JSLS) is an international refereed journal that is dedicated to promoting scholarly exchanges, advancing theoretical knowledge, and exploring pedagogical implications in second language acquisition and teaching. The journal particularly welcomes interdisciplinary research dealing with theoretical and practical issues of second language learning and acquisition in relation to linguistics, psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, and social cultural studies. It also seeks to promote scientific studies on the learning and teaching of Chinese as a second (foreign) language.

JSLS publishes its articles Online First.

ISSN: 2542-3835 | E-ISSN: 2542-3843
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Latest articles

14 March 2024

  • Philip Durrant . 2023.
    Reviewed by Victor Adedayo Qudus Adebayo
  • 27 February 2024

  • Does automaticity in lexical and grammatical processing predict utterance fluency development? A six-month longitudinal study in Japanese EFL context
    Keiko Hanzawa Yuichi Suzuki | JSLS 6:2 (2023) pp. 290–318
  • An investigation of subject-orientation in the processing of Japanese reflexive zibun by native Japanese and Chinese-speaking learners
    Makiko Hirakawa , Mari Umeda , Neal Snape John Matthews | JSLS 6:2 (2023) pp. 348–377
  • Perception of Japanese accented English segments in words
    Mariko Kondo Rubén Pérez-Ramón | JSLS 6:2 (2023) pp. 210–237
  • The role of agency in language socialization : A longitudinal study using the Trajectory Equifinality Approach focusing on changes in affective adverb style
    Yukiko Okuno | JSLS 6:2 (2023) pp. 266–289
  • Second language processing of English definite noun phrases by Spanish speakers and Japanese speakers
    Neal Snape , Hironobu Hosoi Mari Umeda | JSLS 6:2 (2023) pp. 319–347
  • Development of EFL reading rate in adolescents in Japan : A longitudinal study
    Junko Yamashita , Kunihiro Kusanagi Toshihiko Shiotsu | JSLS 6:2 (2023) pp. 238–265
  • Current state of second language studies in Japan
    John Matthews Shigenori Wakabayashi | JSLS 6:2 (2023) pp. 207–209
  • 12 February 2024

  • Measuring L1 Chinese speakers’ anxiety when completing an English as L2 video narration task : Validation of task anxiety and pedagogical implications
    Qiong Wang , Shaofeng Li Martin East | JSLS 7:1 (2024) p. 99
  • 9 February 2024

  • The role of complexity in the ability to notice incoherent uses of connectives for L2
    Mathis Wetzel , Sandrine Zufferey Pascal Gygax | JSLS 7:1 (2024) pp. 44–74
  • 18 January 2024

  • Using lexical bundles to teach prepositions to Korean EFL students : Corpus-based instructed SLA
    Sanghee Kang , Yu Kyoung Shin Isaiah WonHo Yoo | JSLS 7:1 (2024) pp. 75–98
  • VOT for plosives in the indigenous languages of Balochistan : Implications for adult learners of English
    Nasir Abbas Syed Shah Bibi | JSLS 7:1 (2024) pp. 157–192
  • 25 August 2023

  • The effects of frequency, duration, and intensity on L2 learning through Duolingo : A natural experiment
    Ekaterina Sudina Luke Plonsky | JSLS 7:1 (2024) pp. 1–43
  • 6 July 2023

  • The detriment that error production creates is affected by non-L1 speakers’ linguistic group membership
    Minna Kirjavainen , Grant Howie , Luke A. Rudge Lucy Nicholson | JSLS 7:1 (2024) pp. 129–156
  • 7 March 2023

  • The relationships between individual differences in working memory and language analytical ability and the effectiveness of different types of corrective feedback
    Yusuke Sato | JSLS 6:1 (2023) pp. 183–205
  • The neural correlates of second language syntax : Implicit and explicit instruction
    Soheila Veisi Reza Ghaffar Samar | JSLS 6:1 (2023) pp. 146–182
  • 13 February 2023

  • How can we communicate (visually) what we (usually) mean by collocation and keyness? A visual response to Gries (2022a)
    Stephen Jeaco | JSLS 6:1 (2023) pp. 29–60
  • 10 January 2023

  • Developing and evaluating a contextualized interactional competence rating scale based on a metaphorical conceptualization : A pragmatic mixed-method approach
    Reza Neiriz | JSLS 6:1 (2023) pp. 61–94
  • 18 October 2022

  • Speech competence and speech performance : A dual approach to understanding Chinese-as-a-second-language learners’ speech production ability
    Peijian Paul Sun Lawrence Jun Zhang | JSLS 6:1 (2023) pp. 119–145
  • IssuesOnline-first articles

    Volume 7 (2024)

    Volume 6 (2023)

    Volume 5 (2022)

    Volume 4 (2021)

    Volume 3 (2020)

    Volume 2 (2019)

    Volume 1 (2018)

    Editorial Board
    Kees de Bot | University of Groningen, Netherlands
    ORCID logoScott A. Crossley | Georgia State University, USA
    Robert M. DeKeyser | University of Maryland, USA
    Kenneth I. Forster | University of Arizona, USA
    ORCID logoStefan Th. Gries | University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
    ORCID logoScott Jarvis | University of Utah, USA
    Nan Jiang | University of Maryland, USA
    James P. Lantolf | Pennsylvania State University, USA
    Shaofeng Li | Florida State University, USA
    ORCID logo Li Wei | University College London, UK
    ORCID logoDilin Liu | University of Alabama, USA
    ORCID logoCharles A. Perfetti | University of Pittsburgh, USA
    David Singleton | University of Pannonia, USA
    ORCID logoShigenori Wakabayashi | Chuo University, Japan
    Chuming Wang | Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China
    Clare Wright | University of Leeds, UK
    Yan Jing Wu | Jiangsu Normal University, China
    Feng Yang | Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
    Lianrui Yang | Ocean University of China, China
    Hongliang Yu | Yangzhou University, China
    Liming Yu | Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
    ORCID logoLawrence Jun Zhang | University of Auckland, New Zealand
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    Montrul, S.A. (2008). Incomplete acquisition in bilingualism. Re-examining the age factor. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.


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