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LINGUIST List 24.2914

Wed Jul 17 2013

Books: Understanding Interfaces: Domínguez

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 05-Jul-2013
From: Karin Plijnaar <karin.plijnaarbenjamins.nl>
Subject: Understanding Interfaces: Domínguez
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Title: Understanding Interfaces
Subtitle: Second language acquisition and first language attrition of Spanish subject realization and word order variation
Series Title: Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 55
Published: 2013
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://benjamins.com/catalog/lald.55

Author: Laura Domínguez
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027271990 Pages: 267 Price: U.S. $ 143.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027271990 Pages: 267 Price: Europe EURO 95.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027271990 Pages: 267 Price: U.K. £ 80.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027253170 Pages: 267 Price: Europe EURO 100.70
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027253170 Pages: 267 Price: U.K. £ 80.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027253170 Pages: 267 Price: U.S. $ 143.00
Abstract:

By combining theoretical analysis and empirical investigation, this monograph investigates the status of interfaces in Minimalist linguistic theory, second language acquisition and native language attrition. Two major questions are currently under debate: (1) what exactly makes a linguistic phenomenon an ‘interface phenomenon’, and (2) what is the specific role that the interfaces play in explaining language loss and persistent problems in second language acquisition? Answers to these questions are provided by a theoretical examination of the role that economy and computational efficiency play in recent Minimalist models of the language faculty, as well as by evidence obtained in two empirical studies examining the acquisition and attrition of two interface phenomena: Spanish subject realization and word order variation. The result is a new definition of ‘interface phenomena’ which deemphasizes syntactic complexity and focuses on the effect of interface interpretive conditions on syntactic structure. This work also shows that representational deficits cannot be ruled out in the acquisition and attrition of interface structures.

Linguistic Field(s): Bi- & Multilingualism
                            Language Acquisition
                            Linguistic Theories

Subject Language(s): Spanish (spa)

Written In: English (eng)

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