Not surprisingly, one’s first language (L1) is not learned from having studied its grammatical rules. On the contrary, it is acquired as a result of exposure to a substantial amount of unmodified linguistic input from the surrounding environment. However, as cognition develops over time, the ability to process input in this manner invariably declines; thus, in order to acquire an additional language following cognitive maturation, one may need to rely upon different cognitive processes altogether (Ellis, 2008).

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