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Linguistic Perspectives on Second Language Acquisition : Cambridge Applied Linguistics - Susan M. Gass

Linguistic Perspectives on Second Language Acquisition

Cambridge Applied Linguistics

By: Susan M. Gass (Editor), Jacquelyn Schachter (Editor)

Paperback Published: 29th September 1989
ISBN: 9780521378116
Number Of Pages: 308

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This volume explores how a second language is acquired and what learners must do in order to achieve proficiency. The paperback edition is a collection of original essays that approaches second language acquisition from a linguistic rather than a sociological, psychological, or purely pedagogical perspective. A wide range of viewpoints and approaches is represented. The essays in this book provide an incisive analysis of how a second language is acquired and what the second language learner must do mentally to achieve proficiency in another language. The chapters are arranged topically from those covering the broad area of theories of acquisition to those focusing specifically on syntax, semantics, pragmatics, lexicon, and phonology in another language.

Theories of Acquisition
Second language acquisition theory: the case for a generative perspective
What is the logical problem of foreign language learning
Testing a proposed universal
The role of the head-initial/head-final parameter in the acquisition of English relative clauses by adult Spanish and Japanese speakers
On some properties of the 'pro-drop' parameter: looking for missing subjects in non-native Spanish
The adjacency condition on case assignment: do L2 learners observe the Subset Principle
Interlanguage and pragmatic word order
How do learners resolve linguistic conflicts
Canonical typoligical structures and ergativity in English L2 acquisition
Semantic theory and L2 lexical development
A constructivist perspective on non-native phonology
Stress assignment in interlanguage phonology: an analysis of the stress system of Spanish speakers learning English
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ISBN: 9780521378116
ISBN-10: 0521378117
Series: Cambridge Applied Linguistics
Audience: English as a Second Language (ESL)
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 29th September 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.44  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.48