1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition, Morphosyntax, and Semantics

Edited By Tania Ionin, Silvina Montrul, Roumyana Slabakova Copyright 2024
    586 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This handbook provides innovative and comprehensive coverage of research on the second language acquisition (SLA) of morphosyntax, semantics, and the interface between the two.

    Organized by grammatical topic, the chapters are written by experts from formal and functional perspectives in the SLA of morphosyntax and semantics, providing in-depth yet accessible coverage of these areas. All chapters highlight the theoretical underpinnings of much work in SLA and their links to theoretical syntax and semantics; making comparisons to other populations, including child language acquirers, bilinguals, and heritage speakers (links to first language acquisition and bilingualism); dedicating a portion of each chapter to the research methods used to investigate the linguistic phenomenon in question (links to psycholinguistics and experimental linguistics); and, where relevant, including intervention studies on the phenomenon in question (links to applied linguistics).

    The volume will be indispensable to SLA researchers and students who work on any aspect of the SLA of morphosyntax or semantics. With its coverage of a variety of methodologies and comparisons to other populations (such as child language acquirers, early bilinguals, heritage speakers, and monolingual adults), the handbook is expected to also be of much interest to linguists who work in psycholinguistics, first language acquisition, and bilingualism.

    Chapter 1 Introduction Tania Ionin, Silvina Montrul and Roumyana Slabakova

    Part I: The lexicon

    Chapter 2 Lexicosemantic development Nan Jiang and Dilin Liu

    Chapter 3 Transfer of reference: Metaphor and metonymy Beatriz Martín Gascón and Antonio Barcelona

    Chapter 4 Thinking for speaking Emanuel Bylund and Panos Athanasopoulos

    Chapter 5 The bilingual mental lexicon Judith F. Kroll

    Part II: Argument structure

    Chapter 6 The causative/inchoative alternation Eve Zyzik and Josefina Bittar

    Chapter 7 Intransitive verbs Makiko Hirakawa

    Chapter 8 Psych verbs Dongdong Chen

    Chapter 9 The dative and locative alternations Alan Juffs

    Chapter 10 The passive Noelia Sánchez-Walker

    Part III: Morphosyntax and semantics of the nominal domain

    Chapter 11 Plural marking and the semantics of plurality Sea Hee Choi and Tania Ionin

    Chapter 12 Gender and number agreement Vicky Chondrogianni

    Chapter 13 Adjective placement Tiffany Judy

    Chapter 14 Articles: (In)definiteness Jacee Cho

    Chapter 15 Articles: Genericity Tanja Kupisch and Neal Snape

    Chapter 16 The morphosyntax of case Ayşe Gürel

    Chapter 17 Semantically based case Silvina Montrul

    Part IV: Morphosyntax and semantics of the verbal domain

    Chapter 18 Finiteness and negation Christine Dimroth

    Chapter 19 Tense and temporality Yasuhiro Shirai

    Chapter 20 Lexical aspect M. Rafael Salaberry and Llorenç Comajoan-Colomé

    Chapter 21 Viewpoint aspect María J. Arche and Laura Domínguez

    Chapter 22 Future tense and future expressions Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig

    Chapter 23 Mood and modality Amber Dudley

    Chapter 24 Copular clauses Silvia Perpiñán and Rafael Marín

    Part V: Clause-level syntax

    Chapter 25 Verb movement Lydia White

    Chapter 26 Learning and unlearning Verb Second word order Ute Bohnacker and Marit Westergaard

    Chapter 27 Interrogatives Gita Martohardjono and Pamela Franciotti

    Chapter 28 Non-canonical word orders Rex A. Sprouse

    Chapter 29 Relative clauses David Stringer

    Chapter 30 Quantifier scope Heather Marsden

    Chapter 31 Weak pronouns: Clitics and clitic placement Juana M. Liceras

    Chapter 32 Ellipsis Nigel Duffield

    Chapter 33 Binding and co-reference: Pronouns Eun Hee Kim

    Chapter 34 Binding and co-reference: Reflexives Chung-yu Chen

    Part VI: Interfaces

    Chapter 35 Null and overt pronouns Fernando Martín-Villena, Khadij Gharibi and Jason Rothman

    Chapter 36 Information structure: Topic and focus Tania Leal

    Chapter 37 Scalar implicatures Shuo Feng

    Chapter 38 The syntax-phonology interface Heather Goad and Lydia White

    Chapter 39 Semantics and cognition: Spatiotemporal metaphors and time perception in L2 users Panos Athanasopoulos and Emanuel Bylund


    Author Index

    Subject Index


    Tania Ionin is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. She is also Associate Editor of Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics.

    Silvina Montrul is Professor of Spanish and Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. She is also Co-Editor of Second Language Research.

    Roumyana Slabakova is Professor and Chair of Applied Linguistics at the University of Southampton, UK and Adjunct Research Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. She is also Co-Editor of Second Language Research.

    "At long last, here is the much-needed authoritative guide for students and researchers interested in the second language acquisition of grammar and meaning from a linguistic perspective. Its interdisciplinary scope and the comprehensive coverage of acquisition studies across various bilingual populations are truly impressive. It will have pride of place on my bookshelf for many years to come."

    Professor Holger Hopp, University of Braunschweig – Institute of Technology, Germany