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Books: Psycholinguistics: White

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  1. jreid, Second Language Aquisition and Universal Grammar: White

Message 1: Second Language Aquisition and Universal Grammar: White

Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 15:41:01 +0000
From: jreid <>
Subject: Second Language Aquisition and Universal Grammar: White

Title: Second Language Aquisition and Universal Grammar
Series Title: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press		 
Book URL:
Author: Lydia White, McGill University, Montréal, Quebec,Canada 

Hardback: ISBN: 0521792053, Pages: 332, Price: $65.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0521796474, Pages: 332, Price: $24.00


This authoritative textbook is an overview and analysis of current
second language acquisition research, conducted within the generative
linguistic framework. It argues for a role for Universal Grammar in
second language acquisition. Theories as to the role of Universal
Grammar and the extent of language transfer are presented along with
relevant empirical research. Properties of early developmental stage
grammars are examined, as well as the nature of the final outcome of
the acquisition process.


1. Universal Grammar and Language Acquisition; 2. Principles of
Universal Grammar in L2 Acquisition; 3. The Initial State; 4. Grammars
Beyond the Initial State: Parameters and Functional Categories; 5. The
Transition Problem, Triggering and Input; 6. Morphological Variability
and the Morphology/Syntax Interface; 7. Argument Structure;
8. Ultimate Attainment: the Nature of the Steady State

Lingfield(s): Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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