Second Language Acquisition and Universal Grammar
By (author) Lydia White
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Second Language Acquisition and Universal Grammar by Lydia White
Book DescriptionThis authoritative 2003 textbook provides an overview and analysis of current second language acquisition research conducted within the generative linguistic framework. Lydia White argues that second language acquisition is constrained by principles and parameters of Universal Grammar. The book focuses on characterizing and explaining the underlying linguistic competence of second language learners in terms of these contraints. Theories as to the role of Universal Grammar and the extent of mother tongue influence are presented and discussed, with particular consideration given to the nature of the interlanguage grammar at different points in development, from the initial state to ultimate attainment. Throughout the book, hypotheses maintaining that second language grammars are constrained by universal principles are contrasted with claims that Universal Grammar is not implicated; relevant empirical research is presented from both sides of the debate. This textbook is essential reading for those studying second language acquisition from a linguistic perspective.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521792059
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 6-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This authoritative 2003 textbook provides a linguistic perspective on second language acquisition.
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Author Biography - Lydia White
Lydia White is Professor of Linguistics at McGill University, Montreal and Chair of the Linguistics Department. She is internationally known as a leading expert on second language acquisition. She is the author of Universal Grammar and Second Language Acquisition (John Benjamins, 1989) and publishes regularly in major international journals on language acquisition.
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