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Title: The Lexicon–Syntax Interface in Second Language Acquisition
Edited By: Roeland van Hout
Aafke Hulk
Folkert Kuiken
Richard J. Towell
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LALD_30
Series Title: Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 30

Second language acquisition has to integrate the totality of the SLA process, which includes both the learning of the core syntax of a language and the learning of the lexical items that have to be incorporated into that syntax. But these two domains involve different kinds of learning. Syntax is learnt through a process of implementing a particular set of universal structures, whereas the learning of lexis is characterised by the building up of associations (or connections). Yet these two systems must come together in the creation of a whole linguistic system in the mind of an individual. This book is designed to state the implications of these two paradigms in as clear a way as possible through examples of the research carried out within each paradigm and to examine how they can be made to inter-relate in a way which would enable us to explain better the overall process of SLA.

Table of contents

1. Introduction: Second language acquisition research in search of an interface
Richard J. Towell 1–20
2. Locating the source of defective past tense marking in advanced L2 English speakers
Roger Hawkins and Sarah Liszka 21–44
3. Perfect projections
Norbert Corver 45–68
4. L1 features in the L2 output
Ineke van de Craats 69–95
5. Measures of competent gradience
Nigel Duffield 97–127
6. Lexical storage and retrieval in bilinguals
Ton Dijkstra 129–150
7. Inducing abstract linguistic representations: Human and connectionist learning of noun classes
John N. Williams 151–174
8. Neural substrates of representation and processing of a second language
Laura L. Sabourin and Marco Haverkort 175–195
9. Neural basis of lexicon and grammar in L2 acquisition: The convergence hypothesis
David W. Green 197–218
10. The interface: Concluding remarks
Roeland van Hout, Aafke Hulk and Folkert Kuiken 219–226
Name index 227–228
Subject index 229–232

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Language Acquisition
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 158811418X
ISBN-13: 9781588114181
Pages: viii, 234 pp.
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ISBN: 9027224994
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Pages: viii, 234 pp.
Prices: EUR 95.00