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  • Meaning in the Second Languageby Roumyana Slabakova

    De Gruyter 2008; US$ 170.45

    The book examines which linguistic properties are hard and which are easy to acquire when learning a second language. The Bottleneck Hypothesis is proposed, which states that inflectional morphemes and their features present the most formidable challenge to learners, while syntax and phrasal semantics pose less difficulty. The numerous empirical... more...

  • Implicit and Explicit Knowledge in Second Language Learning, Testing and Teachingby Rod Ellis; Shawn Loewen

    Channel View Publications 2009; US$ 40.00

    The implicit/explicit distinction is central to our understanding of the nature of L2 acquisition. This book begins with an account of how this distinction applies to L2 learning, knowledge and instruction. It then reports a series of studies describing the development of a battery of tests providing relatively discrete measurements of L2 explicit/... more...

  • The Acquisition of Sociolinguistic Competence in a Study Abroad Contextby Vera Regan; Martin Howard; Isabelle Lemee

    Channel View Publications 2009; US$ 44.95

    Drawing on cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses of a range of sociolinguistic variables in L2 French, this volume explores the relationship between 'study abroad' and the acquisition of sociolinguistic variation patterns by the advanced second language learner. more...

  • Lexical Processing in Second Language Learnersby Tess Fitzpatrick; Andy Barfield

    Channel View Publications 2009; US$ 49.95

    Presents studies of second language vocabulary research. This title address various aspects of L2 lexical processing and explore different models of acquisition, processing and storage. more...

  • Language Talent and Brain Activityby Grzegorz Dogil; Susanne Maria Reiterer

    De Gruyter 2009; US$ 159.79

    This book describes and assesses pronunciation talent in its various dimensions, such as production and perception or the segmental and suprasegmental levels of speech. Special focus is put on the psychological and neural correlates of phonetic performance. Behavioral influences such as empathy or motivation are investigated. The resulting... more...

  • The Emergence of Languageby Brian MacWhinney

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 93.95

    For nearly four centuries, our understanding of human development has been controlled by the debate between nativism and empiricism. Nowhere has the contrast between these apparent alternatives been sharper than in the study of language acquisition. However, as more is learned about the details of language learning, it is found that neither nativism... more...

  • Functional Categories in Learner Languageby Christine Dimroth; Peter Jordens

    De Gruyter 2009; US$ 149.14

    Research on spontaneous processes of language acquisition has shown that early learner systems are based on lexical structures. At some point in acquisition this lexical-semantic system is given up in favour of a target-like functional category system. This work deals with the driving forces behind the acquisition of the functional properties... more...

  • Speech Acts Across Culturesby Susan Gass; Joyce Neu

    De Gruyter 2006; US$ 63.89

    This book investigates the notion of Speech Acts from a cross-cultural perspective. The starting point for this book is the assumption that speech acts are realized from culture to culture in different ways and that these differences may result in communication difficulties that range from the humorous to the serious. The book deals with methodological... more...

  • Musik und Sprachprosodieby Simone Falk

    De Gruyter 2009; US$ 159.79

    This study is the first to examine the prosodic structure of everyday sung language and its relevance for language acquisition. Using extensive authentic recordings in German, Russian and French, the author demonstrates how language and music interact with each other and how singing promotes small children?s acquisition of language. The... more...

  • Problem Solving in a Foreign Languageby Lena Heine

    De Gruyter 2010; US$ 159.79

    This book fills some of the major theoretical gaps for the popular teaching form of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL). It re-examines the basis for CLIL from a cognitive perspective and gives an overview of the foundations of problem solving, thinking and language processing. Besides that, it presents a study in which the... more...