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Title: Investigations in Instructed Second Language Acquisition
Edited By: Alex Housen
Michel Pierrard
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/rs/bookSingle.cfm?id=IS-3110179709-1&l=E
Series Title: Studies on Language Acquisition 25
Description:

Methods in current instructed second language acquisition research range
from laboratory experiments to ethnography using non-obtrusive participant
observation, from cross-sectional designs to longitudinal case studies.
Many different types of data serve as the basis for analysis, including
reaction times measurements, global test scores, paper and pencil measures,
introspective comments, grammaticality judgements, as well as textual data
(elicited or naturalistic, oral or written, relating to comprehension or
production). Some studies rely on extensive quantification of data, while
others may favour a more qualitative and hermeneutic analytic approach.

Many of these issues and methods are exemplified by the contributions to
this volume. Data-based studies included here deal with the acquisition of
specific linguistic phenomena (e.g. verb and noun morphology, lexicon,
clause structures) in a range of target languages (e.g. English, French,
German, Russian) from a variety of settings involving different
instructional approaches (e.g. traditional foreign language classes,
immersion classes, intensive ESL classes, content and language integrated
language classes). Collectively, the chapters in this book illustrate the
productivity and diversity of current research on instructed second
language acquisition. As such they serve as a valuable resource for
researchers in SLA, psycholinguistics, linguistics, and language education.

Alex Housen is Lecturer at the University of Brussels (Vrije Universiteit
Brussel)

Michel Pierrard is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Brussels
(Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Psycholinguistics
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Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): English
French
German
Russian
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Pages: ix, 568 pages
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