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Title: Linguistic Perception and Second Language Acquisition
Subtitle: Explaining the attainment of optimal phonological categorization
Written By: Paola Escudero
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series 113

In Linguistic Perception and Second Language Acquisition, Paola Escudero
provides a detailed description, explanation, and prediction of how optimal
second language (L2) sound perception is acquired, and presents three
empirical studies to test the model's theoretical principles.

The author introduces the L2 Linguistic Perception (L2LP) model, a new
formal and comprehensive proposal which integrates, synthesizes, and
improves on previous studies, and therefore constitutes the most
explanatorily adequate account of the whole process of L2 sound
acquisition. More specifically, it proposes that the description of optimal
L1 and L2 perception allows us to predict and explain the initial state,
the learning task, and the end state that are involved in the acquisition
process. It advances the hypothesis of Full Copying which constitutes a
formal linguistic explanation for the prediction that learners will
initially manifest an L2 perception that matches their optimal L1
perception. It also predicts that the degree of mismatch between perception
grammars will define the number and nature of the learning tasks. With
respect to L2 development, it posits that learners will either need to
create new perceptual mappings and categories, or else adjust any existing
mappings through the same learning mechanisms that operate in L1
acquisition. Finally, the model's hypotheses of separate perception
grammars and language activation predict that learners will achieve optimal
L2 perception while preserving their optimal L1 perception.

This book addresses questions of speech perception, phonetics, phonology,
psycholinguistics, and language acquisition, and should therefore be of
interest to researchers working in any of these areas.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): None
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Format: Electronic
ISBN: 9076864802
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 362
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