Current Trends in Child Second Language Acquisition
A generative perspective
Belma Haznedar | Bogaziçi University
Elena Gavruseva | University of Iowa
This volume presents recent generative research on the nature of grammars of child second language (L2) acquirers -- a learner population whose exposure to an L2 occurs between the ages of 4 to 8. The main goal is to define child L2 acquisition in relation to other types of acquisition such as child monolingual and bilingual acquisition, adult L2 acquisition, and specific language impairment. This comparative perspective opens up new angles for the discussion of currently debated issues such as the role of Universal Grammar in constraining development, developmental sequences in L2, maturational influences on the 'growth' of grammar, critical period effects for different linguistic domains, initial state and ultimate attainment in relation to length of exposure, and L1-transfer in relation to age of onset. These issues are explored using longitudinal, cross-sectional, and experimental data from L2 children acquiring a range of languages, including Dutch, English, French, and Greek.
[Language Acquisition and Language Disorders, 46] 2008. vi, 363 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Part I. Introduction
Recent perspectives in child second language acquisitionBelma Haznedar and Elena Gavruseva | pp. 3–15
Progressive aspect in child L2 EnglishTania Ionin | pp. 17–53
Child second language acquisition or successive first language acquisition?Jürgen M. Meisel | pp. 55–80
Part II. The acquisition of D-elements
Misrepresentation of Dutch neuter gender in older bilingual children?Susanne Brouwer, Leonie Cornips and Aafke Hulk | pp. 83–96
Comparing child and adult L2 acquisition of the Greek DP: Effects of age and constructionVicky Chondrogianni | pp. 97–142
Part III. Morphological variability
The development of copula and auxiliary be and overgeneration of be in child L2 EnglishElena Gavruseva | pp. 145–175
Truncation in child L2 acquisition: Evidence from verbless utterancesPhilippe Prévost | pp. 177–207
The status of subjects in early child L2 EnglishMohsen Mobaraki, Anne Vainikka and Martha Young-Scholten | pp. 209–235
The morphology/syntax interface in child L2 acquisition: Evidence from verbal morphologyVasfiye Geçkin and Belma Haznedar | pp. 237–267
Part IV. Comparisons of child L1, child L2 and adult L2
Testing the Domain-by-Age Model: Inflection and placement of Dutch verbsElma Blom | pp. 271–300
Comparing child L2 development with adult L2 development: How to measure L2 proficiencySharon Unsworth | pp. 301–333
Part V. Typical vs. atypical child L2 acquisition
Tense as a clinical marker in English L2 acquisition with language delay/impairmentJohanne Paradis | pp. 337–356
Index | pp. 357–363
“This book is an important contribution to the field of SLA and would be ideal for use as a text in a graduate seminar course. A key strength is the comparative approach adopted, which renders this book of potential interest to researchers in the field of Child SLA as well as to researchers in the related areas of adult SLA and also monolingual and bilingual Child L1 acquisition.”
Usha Lakshmanan, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, in SSLA 31, 2009
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BIC Subject: CFDC – Language acquisition
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number: 2008010424 | Marc record