The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.
The importance of Henk Zeevat's new monograph cannot be overstated. [...] I recommend it to anyone who combines interests in language, logic, and computation [...]. David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin
Universal Grammar in Second-Language Acquisition
Routledge Studies in the History of Linguistics
This book addresses the tradition of ahistoricity within the field of second language (L2) acquisition theory. The author shows that L2 theory has a long and fruitful past within western linguistics and that notions of universal grammar have for some time shaped, and been shaped by, people's understanding of L2 learning.