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
The book aims to provide a bridge between two applied linguistics subfields, namely those of interlanguage pragmatics and third language acquisition. It examines the production and identification of request acts formulas on the part of bilingual learners of English in the Valencian Community (Spain). Previous to the empirical study itself, we present an overview of the theoretical background and the sociolinguistic context where the experiment was conducted.