LINGUIST List 31.3295

Wed Oct 28 2020

Books: High-Level Language Proficiency in Second Language and Multilingual Contexts: Hyltenstam, Bartning, Fant (eds.)

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Date: 22-Oct-2020
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Subject: High-Level Language Proficiency in Second Language and Multilingual Contexts: Hyltenstam, Bartning, Fant (eds.)
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Title: High-Level Language Proficiency in Second Language and
Multilingual Contexts
Published: 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Editor: Kenneth Hyltenstam
Editor: Inge Bartning
Editor: Lars Fant
Paperback: ISBN: 9781316627983 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 31.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781316627983 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 23.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781316627983 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 28.00

The issue of high-level language proficiency in other than monolingual contexts can be approached from a variety of perspectives, including linguistic/structural; psycholinguistic/cognitive and sociolinguistic/societal. Bringing together a team of experts, this volume takes a novel empirical approach to the subject combined with an up-to-date understanding of these research areas, to answer two important research questions in the field of second language acquisition: what conditions allow learners to attain an outstanding level of proficiency in a second language, and what factors still prevent them from becoming entirely like first language speakers. Looking at a range of European languages including English, French, Italian, Spanish and Swedish, it provides important insights into second language use at the highest levels as well as in high-proficient mixed language use in multicultural settings. A useful tool for both language teaching and language teacher training, it provides a solid grounding for further study in this important area of research.

Introduction: high-level proficiency and the concept of nativelikeness in second language and multilingual research practice Kenneth Hyltenstam, Inge Bartning and Lars Fant; 1. Age effects on language acquisition, retention and loss – key hypotheses and findings Niclas Abrahamsson, Emanuel Bylund and Kenneth Hyltenstam; 2. The last barriers in high-level L2 speech: morphosyntax in focus Inge Bartning and Fanny Forsberg Lundell; 3. Discourse and interaction in highly proficient L2 users Lars Fant; 4. Formulaic language in advanced long-residency L2 speakers Britt Erman, Fanny Forsberg Lundell and Margareta Lewis; 5. Developing lexical complexity in oral production: limitations and possibilities of the advanced L2 learner Camilla Bardel and Anna Gudmundson; 6. Reading comprehension in advanced L2 readers Philip Shaw and Alan McMillion; 7. Polyglotism – a synergy of abilities and predispositions Kenneth Hyltenstam; 8. What's the target? A folk linguistic study of young stockholmers' constructions of linguistic norm and variation Ellen Bijvoet and Kari Fraurud.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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