LINGUIST List 32.2465

Fri Jul 23 2021

Books: The Gifted Language Learner: Moyer

Editor for this issue: Billy Dickson <billydlinguistlist.org>



Date: 17-Jul-2021
From: Eleanor Hennerley <ehennerleycambridge.org>
Subject: The Gifted Language Learner: Moyer
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Title: The Gifted Language Learner
Subtitle: A Case of Nature or Nurture?
Published: 2021
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://cambridge.org

Book URL: https://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/languages-linguistics/applied-linguistics-and-second-language-acquisition/gifted-language-learner-case-nature-or-nurture?format=PB

Author: Alene Moyer
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108482691 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 89.99
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108482691 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 69.99
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108482691 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 81.69
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108710862 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 28.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108710862 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 21.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108710862 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 25.66
Abstract:

Language learners beyond early childhood are scarcely expected to reach native-like abilities in their new language, yet some do. Are these individuals uniquely gifted? If so, are such gifts innate, or the result of intense drive, optimal experience, opportunity, or something else altogether? Bringing together theory and empirical work from across disciplines, this ground-breaking book aims to better understand the perennial mystery of giftedness in language learning (GLL). Incorporating quantitative, qualitative, and case study data, this analysis demonstrates the need to reach across cognitive, neural, emotional, psychological, and social lines to understand native-likeness in a second language. All such 'outliers' face limits, potentials, and choices. What they do in the face of these is key. With this complexity in mind, specific recommendations are provided to re-orient the research toward an appreciation of the individual's role, and a clearer understanding of the inherent balance of nature and nurture in GLL.

Introduction; 1. Giftedness, then and now; 2. The gifted language learner, 3. Personality dimensions in GLL; 4. Neurological and cognitive foundations of GLL; 5. Emotion, cognition and engagement in GLL; 6. Paths forward in theory and research.


Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Language Acquisition

Written In: English (eng)

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