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Connectionism and Second Language Acquisition

1st Edition

By Yasuhiro Shirai


152 pages

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The latest title in the Cognitive Science and Second Language Acquisition Series presents a comprehensive review of connectionist research in second language acquisition (SLA). Second language researchers and the cognitive science community will find accessible discussions of the relevance of connectionist research to SLA. This important volume is key reading for any student or researcher interested in how second language acquisition can be better understood from a connectionist perspective.


"Rarely have I seen a scholar so dedicated to a topic of great interest for so long, and rarely, as a result, have I read a book that is so comprehensive in covering the history and diversity of the topic. This book is a must read for students and researchers interested in connectionist perspectives toward language acquisition, second language learning, bilingualism, and language and cognitive studies in general. It takes a true scholar like Shirai to write a book like this, and I applaud his perseverance and dedication in making this remarkable contribution to the field."

Ping Li, Pennsylvania State University, USA

"Shirai offers a sympathetic, balanced, and approachable overview of the core issues in language and language learning and how they are addressed by connectionist or neural network models. He goes on to provide a thorough review of existing connectionist modeling work in Second Language Learning. This book will prove to be a great resource for anyone interested in knowing where we currently stand in the development of models of second language learning, providing an excellent springboard for future explorations."

Jay McClelland, Stanford University, USA

Table of Contents

1. Overview: Connectionism and Language Acquisition Research. 2. Connectionism and SLA Research. 3. Rules vs. Connections. 4. The Critical Period Hypothesis. 5. Connectionist Accounts and Applications. 6. Conclusions and Future Directions. Recommended Reading. References.

About the Author

Yasuhiro Shirai is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Cognitive Science and Eirik Borve Professor of Modern Languages in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Case Western Reserve University, USA. He is an associate editor of First Language, and serves on several editorial boards, including Studies in Second Language Acquisition, IRAL, and Journal of Cognitive Science.

About the Series

Cognitive Science and Second Language Acquisition Series

The Cognitive Science and Second Language Acquisition Series is designed to provide systematic and accessible coverage of the links between basic concepts and findings in cognitive science and second language acquisition (SLA). Titles in the series summarize issues and research in areas of cognitive science which have relevance to SLA, and when read in combination, provide a comprehensive overview of the conceptual and methodological intersects between these two fields. Books in the series are organized under the subfields of cognitive science (representational, functional, developmental, and differential cognitive psychology), and will cover such topics as speech production, fluency, gestures, lexical processing, sentence processing, connectionism, social cognition, working memory, and more.

Research findings and theoretical constructs from cognitive science have become increasingly influential in SLA research in recent years. The Cognitive Science and Second Language Acquisition Series is a valuable reference for scholars who want to increase their knowledge of theoretical and operational definitions in cognitive science, and their applications to SLA. Its titles are ideal for graduate students and researchers in SLA, applied linguistics, cognitive psychology, educational psychology, and language education, and can also serve as textbooks for advanced courses in these fields.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General