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Title: Portraits of the L2 User
Edited By: Vivian James Cook
URL: http://www,multilingual-matters.com
Series Title: Second Language Acquisition

Edited by Vivian Cook (University of Essex)

KEY FEATURES  Provides a unique overview of second language acquisition, theories, results and methods, related to a common theme  Serves as an introduction to current SLA research and as an account of the L2 user  Intended for students and researchers working with second language use and acquisition in psychology, SLA research, bilingualism, linguistics and language teaching

Portraits of the L2 User treats second language users in their own right rather than as failed native speakers. It describes a range of psychological and linguistic approaches to diverse topics about L2 users. It thus provides an innovative overview of current second language acquisition theories, results and methods, seen from a common perspective.

1. Background to the Second Language User Perspective Vivian Cook (University of Essex)
2. Lexical Representation and Lexical Processing in the Second Language User Annette de Groot (University of Amsterdam)
3. The Phonology of the Second Language User Roy Major (University of Arizona)
4. A Minimalist Approach to the Second Language Solves a Dilemma of Universal Grammar Suzanne Flynn (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Barbara Lust (Cornell University)
5. Development of Second Language Functional Use Clive Perdue (University of Paris)
6. Cognitive Processes of Second Language Users Ellen Bialystok (York University)
7. Portrait of the Bilingual Child Fred Genesee (McGill University)
8. The Neurolinguistics of Bilingual Language Users Franco Fabbro (Istituto Scientifico “E Medea”, Italy)
9. Individual Differences on Second Language Fluency: The Effect of Neurobiological Correlates Jean-Marc Dewaele (Birkbeck College, London)
10. Language Attrition: tests. Self-assessments and Perceptions Kees de Bot and Madeleine Hulsen (University of Nijmegen)
11. Poststructuralist Approaches to the Study of Social Factors in Second Language Learning and Use Aneta Pavlenko (Temple University)
12. Second Language Learner’s Rights Francisco Gomes-de-Matos (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brasil)
13. Language Teaching Methodology and the L2 User Perspective Vivian Cook (University of Essex)

After writing EFL course-books, Vivian Cook concentrated on linguistics and language learning in books such as Chomsky's Universal Grammar and Second Language Learning and Language Teaching. His current interest is developing the concept of multi-competence and applying it to the design of language teaching materials. He was founding President of the European Second Language Association (EUROSLA).

Second Language Acquisition 1 May 2002 Format 210 x148 viii + 304pp
Hbk ISBN 1-85359-584-5 £59.95 / US$89.95 / CAN$119.95
Pbk ISBN 1-85359-583-7 £24.95 / US$39.95 / CAN$49.95

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1853595845
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Pages: 304
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ISBN: 1853595837
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Pages: 304
Prices: £24.95 / US$39.95 / CAN$49.95