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Title: The Acquisition of Spatial Relations in a Second Language
Written By: Angelika Becker
Mary Carroll
Series Title: Studies in Bilingualism 11

This book is the third to appear in the SIBIL series based on results from the European Science Foundation's Additional Activity on the second language acquisition of adult immigrants. It analyses from a longitudinal and cross-linguistic perspective the acquisition of the linguistic means to express spatial relations in the target languages English, French and German. Learners' progress in the expression of spatial relations is closely followed over a period of 30 months using a wide range of oral data, and the factors determining both the specifics of individual source/target language pairings, and the general characteristics of all cases of acquisition studied, are carefully described. In particular, a basic system for the expression of spatial relations common to all learners from all language backgrounds is identified. The book is of particular significance for the field of second language acquisition in that this is the first time that results are presented in English on the acquisition of L2 means to express the basic cognitive - and communicational - category of space from a comparative linguistic point of view.

Publication Year: 1997
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027241171
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 212pp
Prices: NLG 108.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1556195451
ISBN-13: 9781556195457
Pages: 212pp
Prices: U.S. $ 142