Adult Language Acquisition: Volume 1, Field Methods: Cross-Linguistic Perspectives

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 30, 1993 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 272 pages
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These two volumes present the methodology and results of an international research project on second language acquisition by adult immigrants. This project went beyond other studies in at least three respects: in the number of languages studied simultaneously; in the organisation of co-ordinated longitudinal studies in different linguistic environments; and in the type and range of linguistic phenomena investigated. It placed the study of second languages and inter-ethnic discourse on a firm empirical footing. Volume 1 explains and evaluates the research design adopted for the project. Volume 2 summarises the cross-linguistic results, under two main headings: native/non-native speaker interaction, and language production. Together they present the reader with a complete research procedure, and in doing so, make explicit the links between research questions, methodology, and results.
 

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Contents

Previous longitudinal studies
14
Who are the adult immigrants?
39
some communicative tasks for the learner
52
Research design
72
Data collection techniques
93
TVanscription storage and retrieval of data
108
Measuring language acquisition
131
Steering Committee and researchers
186
sample transcripts
211
References
226
The ESFSLDB bibliography
233
Author index
247
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