1st Edition

The Acquisition of Spanish A Research Overview in Multilingual Learning Contexts

By Eve Zyzik, Melissa A. Bowles Copyright 2025
    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    As the first text to present, in one place, a comprehensive and systematic overview of Spanish Language Acquisition research, The Acquisition of Spanish: A Research Overview in Multilingual Learning Contexts discusses a range of theoretical perspectives that outline issues surrounding language learning and the gaps in its research and teaching. Drawing on classic and current empirical studies on learner cohorts at different proficiency stages all over the world, the authors aim to bring bi-/multilingualism to the forefront to provide the reader with a deeper conceptual understanding of the challenges faced by different groups of Spanish learners in various learning contexts.

    Eve Zyzik and Melissa A. Bowles expertly synthesize and analyze a range of linguistic features and factors affecting learning, connecting these insights from Spanish to key theoretical and applied questions in SLA research more broadly. The text concludes with observations about research methodology, indicating the gaps in the literature and setting an agenda for future work in Spanish SLA to move the field forward.

    This unique, cohesive volume will be an invaluable foundational resource to advanced students and researchers in SLA, bilingualism/multilingualism, Hispanic & Romance studies, applied linguistics, education, and related areas who are interested in LOTEs (languages other than English) and Spanish SLA in particular. It will also be useful to those studying to become Spanish second language educators.


    Chapter 1. Introduction

    Chapter 2. Theoretical Approaches

    Chapter 3. Phonetics and Phonology

    Chapter 4. Morphosyntax

    Chapter 5. Semantics

    Chapter 6. Lexicon

    Chapter 7. Pragmatics

    Chapter 8. Heritage Speakers

    Chapter 9. Instructed Second Language Acquisition

    Chapter 10. Study Abroad

    Chapter 11. Conclusions



    Eve Zyzik is Professor in the Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has published on a variety of topics related to second language acquisition, heritage language development, as well as issues related to language pedagogy in content-based courses. Her previous books include El español y la lingüística aplicada with Robert Blake and Authentic materials myths: Applying second language research to classroom teaching with Charlene Polio. Her textbook, Vivencias: Lengua, cultura y sociedad a través de relatos sonorous, is designed for advanced-level Spanish courses that enroll both heritage speakers and second language learners:

    Melissa A. Bowles is Co-Director of the National Heritage Language Resource Center (UCLA) and Professor of Spanish, Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE), and Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on instructed second and heritage language acquisition, particularly the ways that instruction differentially affects the two populations. Her previous books include The think-aloud controversy in second language acquisition research and an edited volume titled Outcomes of University Spanish Heritage Language Instruction in the United States.