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Speech Production and Second Language Acquisition

1st Edition

By Judit Kormos


248 pages

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This extremely up-to-date book, Speech Production and Second Language Acquisition, is the first volume in the exciting new series, Cognitive Science and Second Language Acquisition. This new volume provides a thorough overview of the field and proposes a new integrative model of how L2 speech is produced.

The study of speech production is its own subfield within cognitive science. One of the aims of this new book, as is true of the series, is to make cognitive science theory accessible to second language acquisition. Speech Production and Second Language Acquisition examines how research on second language and bilingual speech production can be grounded in L1 research conducted in cognitive science and in psycholinguistics. Highlighted is a coherent and straightforward introduction to the bilingual lexicon and its role in spoken language performance.

Like the rest of the series, Speech Production and Second Language Acquisition is tutorial in style, intended as a supplementary textbook for undergraduates and graduate students in programs of cognitive science, second language acquisition, applied linguistics, and language pedagogy.


"One of the excellent aspects of the book are the references. Kormos has certainly done her homework. Among the approximately 400 citations are many European researchers and journals not widely known in the United States."


“The main virtues of this book are that it is extremely thorough and up-to-date in its coverage of production research. It will acquaint the reader with the various models and approaches in the L1 literature, the kinds of studies that have been done, the kinds of methods that have been used, and the issues that remain unresolved. It provides a balanced overview of the psycholinguistic study of production. The discussion of L2 research is very well grounded in this work, offers enormous coverage, and shows how the same kinds of questions that have inspired L1 studies can be extended to the L2 context. The material covered is entirely appropriate for this series in that it certainly does not shy away from the basic psycholinguistic research agenda.”

John Williams

Cambridge University

Table of Contents

Contents: Series Editor's Preface.Introduction: Issues in L2 Speech Production Research. Part I: An Overview of Theories of First Language Speech Production. Issues in First Language Speech Production Research. Theories of Automaticity and Their Relation to Speech Production Models. Part II: Lexical Encoding and the Bilingual Lexicon. Syntactic and Phonological Encoding. Monitoring. Problem-Solving Mechanisms in L2 Speech. Fluency and Automaticity in L2 Speech Production. Conclusion: Toward an Integrated Model of L2 Speech Production.

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
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology