The Cambridge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-02-25
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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What is language and how can we investigate its acquisition by children or adults? What perspectives exist from which to view acquisition? What internal constraints and external factors shape acquisition? What are the properties of interlanguage systems? This comprehensive 31-chapter handbook is an authoritative survey of second language acquisition (SLA). Its multi-perspective synopsis on recent developments in SLA research provides significant contributions by established experts and widely recognized younger talent. It covers cutting edge and emerging areas of enquiry not treated elsewhere in a single handbook, including third language acquisition, electronic communication, incomplete first language acquisition, alphabetic literacy and SLA, affect and the brain, discourse and identity. Written to be accessible to newcomers as well as experienced scholars of SLA, the Handbook is organised into six thematic sections, each with an editor-written introduction.

Table of Contents

Theory and Practice
Theories of language
History of the study of L2 acquisition
Theoretical approaches
Scope and research methodologies
Internal Ingredients
Native language influence
Learning mechanisms and automatization
Generative approaches and the poverty of the stimulus
Learner internal psychological factors
Alphabetic literacy and adult L2 acquisition
External Ingredients
Negotiated input and output interaction Marķa del
Identity construction
Electronic resources and interaction
Biological Factors
Age related effects
Childhood L2 acquisition
Incomplete L1 acquisition and attrition
Third language acquisition
Language processing
Affect and the brain
Properties of Interlanguage Systems
The lexicon
Discourse and pragmatics
Phonology and speech
Models of Development
Explaining change in transition grammars
Stage-like development and organic grammar
Emergentism, connectionism and complexity models
Input, input processing and focus on form
Sociocultural theory and the zone of proximal development
Nativelike and non-nativelike attainment
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