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- De Gruyter Mouton 2008; US$ 196.00
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 studies... more...
- 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...
- 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...
- De Gruyter Mouton 2009; US$ 182.00
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 classification... more...
- 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...
- De Gruyter Mouton 2009; US$ 168.00
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 of inflection,... more...
- De Gruyter Mouton 2006; US$ 70.00
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...
- De Gruyter 2009; US$ 182.00
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 book provides... more...
- Palgrave Macmillan 2009; US$ 95.00
Study abroad is often seen as a crucial dimension of language learning - developing communicative proficiency, language awareness, and intercultural competence. The author provides an overview and assessment of research on language learning in study abroad settings, reviewing the advantages and constraints of perspectives adopted in this research. more...