Input and Evidence

Input and Evidence : The raw material of second language acquisition

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Input and Evidence: the raw material of second language acquisition is an empirical and theoretical treatment of one of the essential components of SLA: the input to language learning mechanisms. It reviews and adds to the empirical studies showing that negative evidence (correction, feedback, repetitions, reformulations) play a role in language acquisition in addition to that played by ordinary conversation. At the same time, it embeds discussion of input within a framework which includes a serious treatment of language processing, including the problem of modularity and the question of how semantic representations can influence grammatical ones. It lays the foundation for the development of a truly explanatory theory of SLA in the form of the Autonomous Induction Theory which combines a model of induction with an interpretation of Universal Grammar, thereby permitting, for the the first time, a coherent approach to the problem of constraining induction in more

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  • Hardback | 461 pages
  • 147.3 x 223.5 x 30.5mm | 703.08g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588110117
  • 9781588110114

Table of contents

1. List of tables; 2. List of figures; 3. Acknowledgements; 4. 1. Questions, problems, and definitions; 5. 2. Property and transition theories; 6. 3. The representational and developmental problems of language acquisition; 7. 4. The autonomous induction model; 8. 5. Constraints on i-learning; 9. 6. The logical problem of (second) language acquisition revisited; 10. 7. Input and the Modularity Hypothesis; 11. 8. The evidence for negative evidence; 12. 9. Feedback in the Autonomous Induction Theory; 13. 10. The interpretation of verbal feedback; 14. Epilogue; 15. Appendix 1: Acceptability judgement task; 16. Appendix 2: Experimental session; 17. References; 18. Subject indexshow more