The Second Time Around – Minimalism and L2 Acquisition
Julia Herschensohn | University of Washington
Linking recent advances in theoretical syntax and empirical research in language development, the book claims that second language acquisition is not totally distinct from first language acquisition, but rather is a replay, a relearning of language. It argues that Universal Grammar is a template guiding acquisition of L1 while constraining acquisition of L2. Assuming that a syntactic distinction crucial for language and its acquisition is the division between lexical and functional categories, it argues that the key to L2 as well as L1 acquisition of syntax is the mastery of morphological features and their linking to functional categories. It thus supports the availability of UG to the second language learner and the minimalist claim that cross-linguistic variation is morpholexical. Constructionism, the hypothesis of L2A proposed in this account, argues for a period of feature underspecification after loss of the L1 value, followed by a progressive building of the L2 value through specific constructions.
[Language Acquisition and Language Disorders, 21] 2000. xiv, 287 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Preface | p. xi
1. Theoretical Foundations of Second Language Acquisition | p. 1
2. Critical Age and L1/L2 Differences | p. 27
3. Generative Theory From Aspects to Minimalism | p. 55
4. The Stages of First and Second Language Acquisition | p. 83
5. Parameter Shifting in L2 Acquisition | p. 115
6. Evidence for UG Access in L2A | p. 147
7. The Role of Learning Strategies and UG | p. 183
8. Relearning Language | p. 215
Subject Index | p. 275
Name Index | p. 281
“This book provides a credible and solidly grounded interpretation of L2 acquisition within contemporary syntactic theory.
John M. Lipski in Language 78:1, 2002
“[...] the book is well researched, the exposition clear and effective.”
Christiane Laeufer, Ohio State University
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