The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.
The importance of Henk Zeevat's new monograph cannot be overstated. [...] I recommend it to anyone who combines interests in language, logic, and computation [...]. David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin
The study of native language influence in Second Language Acquisition has undergone significant changes over the past few decades. This volume traces the conceptual history of language transfer from its early role within a Contrastive Analysis framework to its current position within Universal Grammar. For the present book the 1983 edition has been thoroughly revised, and some papers have been replaced, some added.