Studying Processability Theory

An Introductory Textbook

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| University of Paderborn & Newcastle University
| Ludwigsburg University of Education
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Processability Theory (PT) as developed by Manfred Pienemann is a prominent theory of second language acquisition. PT serves as a framework for a wide range of research covering issues, including L2 processing, interlanguage variation, typological effects on SLA, L1 transfer, pidgins and creoles, linguistic profiling, stabilisation/fossilisation and teachability. This textbook provides a reader-friendly introduction to PT. It is designed for students with a basic knowledge of (applied) linguistics. The components of PT are set out in four parts. The first part focuses on observed facts, in particular on paths of L2 development and learner variation. The second part gives an overview of the theoretical basis of PT. Part three details the application of PT to contexts other than ESL (i.e. Japanese, creoles and bilingual acquisition), and the fourth part focuses on practical applications. Each chapter contains exercises (including data analysis and interpretation) which may be used for individual study or in class. The textbook can be used as a concise introduction to PT. However, it may also serve as a point of reference for particular PT-related topics. The individual chapters were written by specialists in each of the research areas.
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Table of Contents
Contributors
vii
Abbreviations
viii
Preface
ix–x
Acknowledgements
xi–xii
Part I. The facts
Developmental schedules
Manfred Pienemann
1–11
Learner variation
Manfred Pienemann
12–24
Part II. The theory
The psycholinguistic basis of PT
Manfred Pienemann
25–48
Explaining developmental schedules
Manfred Pienemann
49–62
Explaining learner variation
Mathias Liebner and Manfred Pienemann
63–73
L1 transfer
Manfred Pienemann
74–82
Research methodology: How do we know about developmental schedules?
Jörg-U. Keßler and Manfred Pienemann
83–96
Part III. Applying PT to other contexts
Japanese as a second language: A test case for the typological plausibility of PT
Satomi Kawaguchi
97–105
Pidgins and creoles
Ingo Plag
106–120
Bilingual first language acquisition
Yuki Itani-Adams
121–130
Part IV. Practical applications
Diagnosing L2 development: Rapid Profile
Jörg-U. Keßler and Mathias Liebner
131–147
Teaching
Jörg-U. Keßler, Mathias Liebner and Fethi Mansouri
148–155
References
156–166
Appendices
167–174
Name index
175–176
Subject index
177–180
“I would recommend this book to anyone studying or researching Applied Linguistics, especially SLA, including future teachers. It offers an incredibly comprehensive overview of research into PT and its applications, is well-structured and easy to read despite its enormous theoretical breadth. Understanding the complex processes that govern second language acquisition in the light of PT is as important for language teachers as being fluent in the language that they teach.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFD – Psycholinguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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