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LINGUIST List 19.3387

Thu Nov 06 2008

Books: Lang Acquisition/Semantics: Slabakova

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, Meaning in the Second Language: Slabakova


Message 1: Meaning in the Second Language: Slabakova
Date: 06-Nov-2008
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Meaning in the Second Language: Slabakova
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Title: Meaning in the Second Language
Series Title: Studies on Language Acquisition [SOLA] 34
Published: 2008
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
                http://www.mouton-publishers.com

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110203226-1

Author: Roumyana Slabakova
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110203226 Pages: 326 Price: Europe EURO 98.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110203226 Pages: 326 Price: U.S. $ 157.00 Comment: For orders placed in North America only.
Abstract:

This book reviews recent research on the second language acquisition of
meaning with a view of establishing whether there is a critical period for
the acquisition of compositional semantics. A modular approach to language
architecture is assumed. The book addresses the Critical Period Hypothesis
by examining the positive side of language development: it demonstrates
which modules of the grammar are easy to acquire and are not subject to age
effects. The Bottleneck Hypothesis is proposed, which argues that
inflectional morphology and its features present the most formidable
challenge, while syntax and phrasal semantics pose less difficulty to
learners. Findings from the neurofunctional imaging (PET, fMRI) and
electrophysiology (ERPs) of L2 comprehension are reviewed and critically
examined. Since it is argued that experimental tasks in those studies are
mostly in need of linguistic refinement, evidence from behavioral studies
of L2 acquisition of semantics are brought to bear on comprehension
modeling. Learning situations are divided into two types: those presenting
learners with complex syntax, but simple semantics; and those offering
complex semantic mismatches in simple syntactic contexts. The numerous
studies of both types reviewed in the book indicate that there is no
barrier to ultimate success in the acquisition of phrasal semantics.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
                            Linguistic Theories
                            Psycholinguistics
                            Semantics

Written In: English (eng )

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