Second Language Acquisition: An Introductory Course

Second Language Acquisition: An Introductory Course

Second Language Acquisition: An Introductory Course

Second Language Acquisition: An Introductory Course

Synopsis

This book is a thorough revision of the highly successful text first published in 1994. The authors retain the multidisciplinary approach that presents research from linguistics, sociology, psychology, and education, in a format designed for use in an introductory course for undergraduate or graduate students. The research is updated throughout and there are new sections and chapters in this second edition as well. New chapters cover child language acquisition (first and second), Universal Grammar, and instructed language learning; new sections address issues, such as what data analysis doesn't show, replication of research findings, interlanguage transfer (multilingual acquisition and transfer), the aspect hypothesis, general nativism, connectionist approaches, and implicit/explicit knowledge. Major updates include nonlanguage influences and the lexicon. The workbook, "Second Language Learning Data Analysis, Second Edition," makes an ideal accompaniment to the text.

Excerpt

This is a book about second language acquisition. As such it deals with the ways in which second languages are learned. We take a multidisciplinary approach in that what we have selected to present in this book represents research emanating from other well-established disciplines. The content of the book is limited, for the most part, to a discussion of adult second language acquisition. This is done largely out of the need to impose limits on the content as well as our own particular research interests.

The book is designed to be used in an introductory course for undergraduate or graduate students. The goal is to make the information contained herein available to students with a wide variety of background knowledge. The book can be used with those with a background in languages and/or linguistics and those with little or no background in these areas. The book developed out of our belief that the complexities of the field can and should be brought to the attention of many students, both those who are intending to delve further into the field and those who are only curious about the pervasive phenomenon of learning a second language.

The field of second language acquisition is one about which everyone seems to have an opinion. For instance, even a casual airplane conversation with a seatmate, during which we are asked what we do, always elicits opinions about second language acquisition, some of which are accurate, some of which are not. It is our intent to help set the record straight on this complex research area.

The field of second language learning is old and new at the same time. It is old in the sense that scholars for centuries have been fascinated by the questions posed by the nature of foreign language learning and language . . .

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