The Lexicon-Syntax Interface in Second Language Acquisition

The Lexicon-Syntax Interface in Second Language Acquisition

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Second language acquisition has to integrate the totality of the SLA process, which includes both the learning of the core syntax of a language and the learning of the lexical items that have to be incorporated into that syntax. But these two domains involve different kinds of learning. Syntax is learnt through a process of implementing a particular set of universal structures, whereas the learning of lexis is characterised by the building up of associations (or connections). Yet these two systems must come together in the creation of a whole linguistic system in the mind of an individual. This book is designed to state the implications of these two paradigms in as clear a way as possible through examples of the research carried out within each paradigm and to examine how they can be made to inter-relate in a way which would enable us to explain better the overall process of more

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  • Hardback | 234 pages
  • 154.9 x 226.1 x 17.8mm | 430.92g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 158811418X
  • 9781588114181

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1. Acknowledgments; 2. 1. Introduction: Second language acquisition research in search of an interface (by Towell, Richard J.); 3. 2. Locating the source of defective past tense marking in advanced L2 English speakers (by Hawkins, Roger); 4. 3. Perfect projections (by Corver, Norbert); 5. 4. L1 features in the L2 output (by Craats, Ineke van de); 6. 5. Measures of competent gradience (by Duffield, Nigel); 7. 6. Lexical storage and retrieval in bilinguals (by Dijkstra, Ton); 8. 7. Inducing abstract linguistic representations: Human and connectionist learning of noun classes (by Williams, John N.); 9. 8. Neural substrates of representation and processing of a second language (by Sabourin, Laura L.); 10. 9. Neural basis of lexicon and grammar in L2 acquisition: The convergence hypothesis (by Green, David W.); 11. 10. The interface: Concluding remarks (by Hout, Roeland van); 12. Name index; 13. Subject indexshow more

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