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Title: Fossilized Second Language Grammars
Subtitle: The acquisition of grammatical gender
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LALD%2038
Series Title: Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 38
Description:

This monograph is a theoretical and empirical investigation into the
mechanisms and causes of successful and unsuccessful adult second language
acquisition. Couched within a generative framework, the study explores how
a learner's first language and the age at which they acquire their second
language may contribute to the L2 knowledge that they can ultimately
attain. The empirical study focuses on a group of very advanced L2
speakers, and through a series of tests aims to discover what underpins
their near mastery of grammatical gender and other grammatical
properties.The book explores an account of persistent selective divergence
based on the idea that child and adult learners are fundamentally similar,
except that in adults the L1 plays the role of a fairly rigid filter of the
linguistic input. The impossibility of representing the new target language
other than by using the building blocks of the previously established L1 is
argued to be the main reason why near but not totally native like language
representations are formed and become established in adult L2 learners.


Table of contents

Abstract ix
Acknowledgements xi
List of appendices xiii
List of tables xv–xvii
List of figures xix–xxi
Abbreviations xxiii–xxiv
Introduction 1–8
Definitions, assumptions and predictions 9–41
Competing theories of NS/NNS ultimate attainment differences 43–67
Gender 69–120
The empirical study 121–190
Discussion 191–205
Notes 207–214
References 215–240
Appendices 241–281
Name index 283–286
Subject index 287–288

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Language Acquisition
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 902725298X
ISBN-13: 9789027252982
Pages: xxiv, 288
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