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Title: Current Trends in Child Second Language Acquisition
Subtitle: A generative perspective
Edited By: Belma Haznedar
Elena Gavruseva
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LALD%2046
Series Title: Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 46
Description:

This volume presents recent generative research on the nature of grammars
of child second language (L2) acquirers -- a learner population whose
exposure to an L2 occurs between the ages of 4 to 8. The main goal is to
define child L2 acquisition in relation to other types of acquisition such
as child monolingual and bilingual acquisition, adult L2 acquisition, and
specific language impairment. This comparative perspective opens up new
angles for the discussion of currently debated issues such as the role of
Universal Grammar in constraining development, developmental sequences in
L2, maturational influences on the 'growth' of grammar, critical period
effects for different linguistic domains, initial state and ultimate
attainment in relation to length of exposure, and L1-transfer in relation
to age of onset. These issues are explored using longitudinal,
cross-sectional, and experimental data from L2 children acquiring a range
of languages, including Dutch, English, French, and Greek.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): Dutch
English
French
Greek, Modern
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027253072
ISBN-13: 9789027253071
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