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Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts


Linguistics and Cognitive Science

Reader 1

Megan Zirnstein

Reader 2

Nathalie Rachlin

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2020 Emily M Khouw


Elston-Güttler, Gunter, and Kotz (2005) introduced the term language zooming to describe the process of globally shifting from one language context to another and the gradual adjustment of the language mode to adapt to the demands of the situation. Priming effects from L2 input and immersion were able to diminish the interference effects of the L1 on the L2. Past literature also suggests that increasing access to the L2 will decrease access to the L1. The aim of the present study is to investigate how media with and without subtitles can serve as an immersive language setting and impact a L2 learners’ ability to 1) zoom in and attend to the L2, and 2) suppress the dominant L1. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the actual experiment could not be conducted. Instead, the present study theoretically engages with this question through an expanded literature review and experiment proposal. Additional factors from language background and broader impacts of this research on foreign language education are discussed.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.