Language Acquisition Beyond Parameters

Studies in honour of Juana M. Liceras

Anahí Alba de la Fuente | University of Montreal
Elena Valenzuela | University of Ottawa
Cristina Martínez Sanz | Nebrija University, Madrid
ISBN 9789027241931 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027266262 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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The chapters in this volume take different approaches to the exploration of language acquisition processes in various populations (monolingual and bilingual first language acquisition, L2 acquisition) and address issues in syntax, morphology, pragmatics, language processing and interface phenomena. This volume is a tribute to Juana M. Liceras’ fundamental and enduring contribution to the field of Spanish Second Language Acquisition (SLA). All the chapters in the volume are linked to or inspired by Juana’s extensive body of work, and, like Juana’s research, they all stand at the crossroads of formal and experimental linguistics. Together, the studies presented in this volume are a reflection of Juana’s impact both as a mentor and as a collaborative researcher while at the same time showcasing current trends and new directions in the field of generative SLA.
[Studies in Bilingualism, 51] 2016.  vi, 305 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This volume is a wonderful tribute to Juana Liceras by her students and collaborators. It touches on several themes of Licera’s pioneering work in second language acquisition that are still at the forefront of language acquisition research, namely the relevance of the syntax/pragmatics interface to the study of the acquisition of null pronouns in L2, the L1/L2 acquisition of nominal features and word order in relative clauses, and issues related to monolingual and bilingual acquisition. This volume will prove useful for all scholars interested in the challenging questions of how the syntax and interpretation of intricate properties of natural language are acquired by early and late learners in language contact situations.”
“This tribute to Juana Liceras brings together a rich and interesting — sometimes provocative — set of essays and studies representing the various strands of research found in Licera’s long and fruitful career. With both established and less established scholarly voices, there is much in this volume for those of us researching the morpho-syntactic component of Spanish L2 grammars: everything from basic generative research to issues in interface (e.g., syntax-discourse, syntax- semantics). This book should be on the shelf of every scholar and serious student.”
“This collection of papers gives an excellent and inspiring overview of the impact of the last 30 years of research on theory guided Spanish language acquistion across different populations. The contributions show that Juana Liceras has been at the forefront of many new developments in language acquistion and theory: studies adressing both production and comprehension, based on experimental work and on large bilingual databases, from the acquisition of syntax by adult L2 learners to interface vulnerabilities across the lifespan. This volume does not only constitute an honour to Juana Liceras but also to the lively field of (bilingual) language acquistion of Spanish in a comparative perspective. It will no doubt become a classical read for all those interested in language acquisition and linguistic theory.”

Main BIC Subject

CFDC: Language acquisition

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009060: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
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