In grade school, no one would have ever guessed I'd grow up to become a linguist-- I was the kid who got Cs in French and couldn't produce a trill to save my life! I went to university majoring in civil engineering-- relieved that there was no language requirement for that major. But I ended up switching to geophysics, thinking that it would be less restrictive than engineering, and that it would allow me to spend more time in the mountains (which turned out to be wishful thinking)...Read more
The Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders examines the full range of developmental and acquired communication disorders and provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the epidemiology, aetiology and clinical features of these disorders.
Implicit and Explicit Knowledge in Second Language Learning, Testing and Teaching
The implicit/explicit distinction is central to our understanding of the
nature of L2 acquisition. This book begins with an account of how this
distinction applies to L2 learning, knowledge and instruction. It then
reports a series of studies describing the development of a battery of
tests providing relatively discrete measurements of L2 explicit/implicit
knowledge. These tests were then utilized to examine a number of key issues
in SLA - the learning difficulty of different grammatical structures, the
role of L2 implicit/ explicit knowledge in language proficiency, the
relationship between learning experiences and learners’ language knowledge
profiles, the metalinguistic knowledge of teacher trainees and the effects
of different types of form-focused instruction on L2 acquisition. The book
concludes with a consideration of how the tests can be further developed
and applied in the study of L2 acquisition.