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Title: Meaning in the Second Language
Written By: Roumyana Slabakova
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110203226-1
Series Title: Studies on Language Acquisition [SOLA] 34
Description:

This book reviews recent research on the second language acquisition of
meaning with a view of establishing whether there is a critical period for
the acquisition of compositional semantics. A modular approach to language
architecture is assumed. The book addresses the Critical Period Hypothesis
by examining the positive side of language development: it demonstrates
which modules of the grammar are easy to acquire and are not subject to age
effects. The Bottleneck Hypothesis is proposed, which argues that
inflectional morphology and its features present the most formidable
challenge, while syntax and phrasal semantics pose less difficulty to
learners. Findings from the neurofunctional imaging (PET, fMRI) and
electrophysiology (ERPs) of L2 comprehension are reviewed and critically
examined. Since it is argued that experimental tasks in those studies are
mostly in need of linguistic refinement, evidence from behavioral studies
of L2 acquisition of semantics are brought to bear on comprehension
modeling. Learning situations are divided into two types: those presenting
learners with complex syntax, but simple semantics; and those offering
complex semantic mismatches in simple syntactic contexts. The numerous
studies of both types reviewed in the book indicate that there is no
barrier to ultimate success in the acquisition of phrasal semantics.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Psycholinguistics
Semantics
Language Acquisition
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110203227
ISBN-13: 9783110203226
Pages: 326
Prices: Europe EURO 98.00
U.S. $ 157.00