Noticing hypothesis

The noticing hypothesis was proposed by Richard Schmidt in 1990. He stated that features of language cannot be learned unless they have been noticed[1]. Noticing alone does not mean it is automatically acquired, but it is the essential starting point. Still debated is the question whether a learner must consciously notice something.[2] This hypothesis is part of cognitivist perspective of second language acquisition.

See also


  1. ^ H.S. Venkatagiri, John M. Levis "Phonological Awareness and Speech Comprehensibility: An Exploratory Study" Language Awareness. Vol. 16, Iss. 4, 2009
  2. ^ Lightbown, P.-M. and Spada, N.(2006). Explaining second language learning. How Languages are Learned p. 29-50, p. 44f.

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