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Query:   2nd Lg Acq bibliography
Author:  Ronald Ross
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Language Acquisition

Summary:   About two weeks ago, I posted a request on behalf of a student who was
in need of bibliography on second language acquisition for her thesis.
As usual, the responses were quick and extremely helpful and ranged from
important contacts with researchers and lengthy bibliographies gleaned
from a variety of sources (including courses taught by the respondents)
to invaluable Websites. Some people responded several times with
additional information. The information is a bit voluminous to include
here, but I will forward it to those who are interested. To each and
every one, our heartfelt thanks. The respondents were (in no particular

Karen Stanley
Elizabeth Winkler
Tej K. Bhatia
David Gohre
Mary Rafferty
Cristina Sanz
Ana Maria Escobar

Ron Ross
Department of Linguistics
University of Costa Rica

LL Issue: 8.347
Date Posted: 11-Mar-1997
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