Does the Language Match Exist?

Vita Kogan, Assistant Professor, Defense Language Institute


The notion of language aptitude attracts many researchers in the filed. According to Carroll (1959), who first came up with the term, language aptitude could be divided into following components: phonemic coding ability, grammatical sensitivity, inductive language learning ability, and associative memory. Despite the severe criticism, language aptitude research continues to thrive. Many SLA researchers didn’t give up on the concept. Thus, recently Skehan (2000) updated the Carroll’s formula replacing the old components with the new ones: noticing, patterning, controlling, and lexicalizing. The Carroll’s Modern Language Aptitude Test is still widely used in military settings and called the Defense Language Aptitude Battery.