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Journal Title: Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism
Volume/Issue:   2/3
Date: 2012
Table of Contents: 2012. iv, 117 pp.

Table of Contents

Keynote epistemological article

Different speakers, different grammars: Individual differences in native language attainment
Ewa Dąbrowska


Three perspectives on non-uniform linguistic attainment
David Birdsong

Individual differences in native language attainment and their implications for research on second language acquisition
Robert H. DeKeyser

Variable competence
Nick C. Ellis

A lifespan perspective on individual differences in grammatical abilities
Pamela A. Hadley and Matthew Rispoli

Different speakers but same Language Acquisition Device?
Jan H. Hulstijn

Individual differences in native speakers and the broader picture: Socioeconomic status and neuroplasticity
Eric Pakulak

Individual variation and constraints on language learning
Colin Phillips

How linguistic performance may differ across speakers
Eric Reuland

Empty myth-making
Thomas Roeper

Why and how individual differences matter for linguistic theory and experimental research but not for UG
Petra Schulz

We need an integrated, multiple-predictor model of native language proficiency
Irina A. Sekerina

Individual differences in native speakers’ competence: Implications for learning mechanisms and first language acquisition
Ludovica Serratrice

Individual differences in L1 achievement impact L2 learning
Richard L. Sparks

The straight and narrow path
Anne Vainikka and Martha Young-Scholten

Response to the commentaries

Explaining individual differences in linguistic proficiency
Ewa Dąbrowska
Publisher: John Benjamins
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Language Acquisition
LL Issue: 23.4113