- ISBN 9780521378116 / 0521378117
- Title Linguistic Perspectives on Second Language Acquisition
- Author Susan M. Gass
- Category Applied Linguistics For Elt
- Format Paperback
- Year 2003
- Pages 308
- Publisher Cambridge University Press
- Imprint Cambridge University Press
- Language English
- Dimensions 154mm x 21mm x 234mm
Second language acquisition is one of the fastest growing disciplines within linguistics, yet few works have explored how a second language is acquired and what the second language learner must do mentally to achieve proficiency in another language. The essays in this book, written by scholars in the field of linguistics, provide an incisive analysis of these questions.
This volume explores how a second language is acquired and what learners must do in order to achieve proficiency. The paperback edition is a collection of original essays that approaches second language acquisition from a linguistic rather than a sociological, psychological, or purely pedagogical perspective. A wide range of viewpoints and approaches is represented. However, all authors agree on the fundamental importance of linguistic theory in the study of second language acquisition. Few works have explored in depth how a second language is acquired and what the second language learner must do mentally to achieve proficiency in another language. The essays in this book provide an incisive analysis of these questions. For greater accessibility, the chapters are arranged topically from those covering the broad area of theories of acquisition to those focusing specifically on syntax, semantics, pragmatics, lexicon, and phonology in another language.