Third Language Acquisition and Universal Grammar

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-01-16
  • Publisher: Multilingual Matters

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This volume presents studies which approach the relatively new field of third language (L3) acquisition from the generative linguistic perspective. It aims to bring together researchers who are interested in L3 acquisition and who are at the same time working within the generative framework i.e. Chomsky┐s Universal Grammar (UG) approach to language acquisition. A total of nine contributions are included, reporting research on L3 involving different combinations of source/target languages and investigating various UG-related properties.

Author Biography

Yan-kit Ingrid Leung received her PhD in linguistics from McGill University in Canada. She has taught at the linguistic departments at the University of Southern California, USA and the University of Essex, UK. She is interested in second and especially third language acquisition, as well as bilingualism/multilingualism. Her research has focused on East Asian and Southeast Asian learners. She is currently affiliated with the University of Hong Kong.

Table of Contents



Introductory Chapter: Third Language Acquisition and Universal Grammar - Yan-kit Ingrid Leung

Chapter 1: The Acquisition of Spanish Middle and Impersonal Passive Constructions from SLA and TLA Perspectives - Patricia Bayona

Chapter 2: Language Transfer in the Acquisition of the Semantic Contrast in L3 Spanish - Diana Hsien-Jen Chin

Chapter 3: Multilingual Universal Grammar as the Norm - Vivian Cook

Chapter 4: UG and L3 Acquisition: New Insights and More Questions - Suzanne Flynn

Chapter 5: Transfer in L3 Acquisition: The Role of Typology - Rebecca Foote

Chapter 6: L3 Enhanced Feature Sensitivity as a Result of Higher Proficiency in the L2 - Carol Jaensch

Chapter 7: Third Language Acquisition of Norwegian Objects: Interlanguage Transfer or L1 Influence? - Fufen Jin

Chapter 8: Null Objects in L1 Thai-L2 English-L3 Chinese: An Empiricist's Take on a Theoretical Problem - Sirirat Na Ranong / Yan-kit Ingrid Leung

Chapter 9: The L3 Acquisition of Cantonese Reflexives - Wai lan Tsang

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