The Handbook of Spanish Second Language Acquisition

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  • Copyright: 2013-12-04
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Bringing together a comprehensive collection of newly-commissioned articles, this Handbook covers the most recent developments across a range of sub-fields relevant to the study of second language Spanish.

  • Provides a unique and much-needed collection of new research in this subject, compiled and written by experts in the field
  • Offers a critical account of the most current, ground-breaking developments across key fields, each of which has seen innovative empirical research in the past decade
  • Covers a broad range of issues including current theoretical approaches, alongside a variety of entries within such areas as the sound system, morphosyntax, individual and social factors, and instructed language learning
  • Presents a variety of methodological approaches spanning the active areas of research in language acquisition

Author Biography

Kimberly L. Geeslin is Professor at Indiana University. Her research focuses on second language Spanish (SLA) and the intersection of SLA and sociolinguistics. She has published in Studies in Second Language Acquisition; Language Learning; Hispania; Spanish in Context; Bilingualism: Language and Cognition; Journal of Applied Linguistics; Linguistics;and Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics.

Table of Contents



Part I: Theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of second language Spanish

Chapter 1: Corpus-based research in second language Spanish (Amaya Medikoatxea, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

Chapter 2: Functional approaches to second language Spanish (Eve Zyzik, University of California at Santa Cruz)

Chapter 3: Generative approaches to Spanish second language acquisition (Jason Rothman, University of Reading, & Diego Pascual y Cabo, University of Florida)

Chapter 4: Psycholinguistic approaches to second language Spanish (Margaret Dillon Dowens, University of Nottingham Dingbo, & Manuel Carreiras, Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language)

Chapter 5: Variationist approaches to second language Spanish (Aarnes Gudmestad, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)

Chapter 6: Cognitive linguistic approaches to second language Spanish: A focus on thinking-for-speaking (Teresa Cadierno, University of Southern Denmark, & Alberto Hijazo-Gascón, University of East Anglia, UK)

Part II: Phonology in second language Spanish

Chapter 7: Voice onset time in second language Spanish (Mary Zampini, Le Moyne College, NY)

Chapter 8: Speech perception in second language Spanish (Polina Vasiliev, University of California at Los Angeles, & Paola Escudero, MARKS Laboratories, University of Western Sydney)

Chapter 9: Segmental phonology in L2 Spanish (Manuel Díaz-Campos, Indiana University)

Chapter 10: Suprasegmental phenomena in second language Spanish (Nicholas Henriksen, Northern Illinois University)

Part III: Developing grammars in second language Spanish

Chapter 11: Object pronouns in second language Spanish (Paul Malovrh, University of South Carolina)

Chapter 12: Grammatical gender in second language Spanish (Irma Alarcón, Wake Forest University)

Chapter 13: The acquisition of the copula contrast in second language Spanish (Kimberly L. Geeslin, Indiana University)

Chapter 14: Tense and aspect in second language Spanish (Llorenç Comajoan Colomé, Universitat de Vic, Barcelona, Spain)

Chapter 15: Subject pronouns in second language Spanish (Margaret Lubbers Quesada, University of Georgia)

Chapter 16: Subjunctive in second language Spanish (Joseph Collentine, Northern Arizona University)

Chapter 17: Word order in second language Spanish (Cristobal Lozano, University of Granada, Spain)

Chapter 18: Meaning in second language Spanish (Roumyana Slabakova, University of Iowa)

Chapter 19: Language in context: Pragmatics in second language Spanish (Rachel Shively, Illinois State University)

Part IV: Individual and social factors in second language Spanish

Chapter 20: Ultimate attainment in Spanish L2 acquisition (Silvina Montrul, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Chapter 21: Affective factors and second language Spanish (Dolly Jesusita Young, University of Texas)

Chapter 22: Study abroad and second language Spanish (Barbara A. Lafford & Izabela Uscinski, Arizona State University)

Chapter 23: Heritage learners of Spanish (Kim Potowski, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Chapter 24: Comparing second language learners to other populations: Age, transfer, and learnability (Ana Teresa Pérez Leroux & Danielle Thomas, University of Toronto)

Part V: Acquisition in the second language Spanish classroom

Chapter 25: Acquisition of grammar by instructed learners (Robert Dekeyser, University of Maryland, & Goretti Prieto Botana, Franklin & Marshall College)

Chapter 26: Acquisition of reading in second language Spanish (Cindy Brantmeier, Washington University)

Chapter 27: Acquisition of writing in second language Spanish (Marly Nas & Kees Van Esch, Radboud University, Nijmegen)

Chapter 28: Exploring lexical diversity in second language Spanish (Gabriela Castañeda-Jiménez & Scott Jarvis, Ohio University)

Chapter 29: Teaching pronunciation in second language Spanish (Gillian Lord, University of Florida, & Maria I. Fionda, University of Mississippi)

Chapter 30: Instructor characteristics and classroom-based SLA of Spanish (Laura Gurzynski-Weiss, Indiana University)

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