Second Language Acquisition

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 23, 1986 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 191 pages
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This 1986 textbook presents an account of the main concerns, problems and theoretical and practical issues raised by second language acquisition research. Research in this field had been mainly pedagogically oriented, but since the 1970s linguists and psychologists have become increasingly interested in the principles that underlie second language acquisition for the light these throw on how human language processing functions in general. Moreover, it is only through an understanding of these principles that foreign language teaching can become maximally effective. In the first part of his book, Wolfgang Klein provides a critical assessment of the state of the art at the time. The second part, 'from the learner's point of view', is devoted to four central problems which anyone learning a second language (either through everyday communication or in the classroom) is faced with, and whose solution constitutes the acquisition process. This accessible introduction provides students of linguistics and applied linguistics and anyone concerned with foreign language teaching with a real understanding of the fundamental issues in the field.
 

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Contents

Some forms of language acquisition some fundamental facts some focal issues some wellknown theories
3
11 First language acquisition
4
112 The language acquisition device
6
113 The critical period
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114 Compound and coordinate bilingualism
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115 Relative dominance
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116 Side effects on development
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12 From first to second language acquisition
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61 The syntax of basic learner varieties
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62 Further advances in synthesis
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621 Acquisition of finite elements
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622 Acquisition of negation
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63 Conclusions
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The embedding problem
111
71 Some devices of contextdependency
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711 Deixis
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131 Spontaneous learning
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132 Guided language learning
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14 Reacquisition
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15 Theories of second language acquisition
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152 Contrastive hypothesis
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153 Krashens monitor theory
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154 Theories of learner varieties
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155 Pidginization theory
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156 Conclusion
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Six dimensions of language acquisition
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22 Propensity
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23 Language faculty
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24 Access
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25 The structure of the process
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26 Tempo of acquisition
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28 Summary
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Some consequences for foreign language instruction
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From the learners point of view
57
The learners four tasks
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42 The problem of synthesis
60
43 The embedding problem
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44 The matching problem
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The problem of analysis
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52 Structural properties of the input
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Repetition test for personal pronouns
71
Translation test for modal verbs
74
Prefabricated patterns
77
The problem of synthesis
79
712 Anaphora
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713 Ellipsis
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714 Word order and intonation
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72 How learners express temporality
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721 Temporality
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722 Temporality in a basic learner variety
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73 Conclusion
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The matching problem
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81 General issues
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813 Conscious and subconscious perception of discrepancy
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814 Metalinguistic reflection
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82 Types of selfcontrol
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821 Monitoring
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822 Feedback
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823 Reflection
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831 Communication task vs learning task
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832 Degrees of communication and test rules
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833 Criticalness
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834 Some implications
150
835 An example
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84 Selfcorrections
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Conclusion
167
Notes
168
References
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Index of names
187
Index of subjects
190
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