A vivid commentary on Jewish survival and Jewish speech communities that will be enjoyed by the general reader, and is essential reading for students and researchers interested in the study of Middle Eastern languages, Jewish studies, and sociolinguistics.
This volume aims to provide a broad view of second language acquisition within
a comparative perspective that addresses results concerning adult and child
learners across a variety of source and target languages. It brings together
contributions at the forefront of language acquisition research that consider a
wide range of open questions: What are the precise mechanisms underlying
acquisition? How can we characterize learners’ initial state and predict their
degree of final achievement? What role do specific (typological) properties of
source and target languages play? How does fossilization occur? How does the
relative complexity of cognitive systems in adult and child learners affect
acquisition? Does language learning influence cognitive organization? Can
language learning shed light on our general understanding of human language
and language processing?