Second Language Acquisition

An Advanced Resource Book

By Kees de Bot, Wander Lowie, Marjolijn Verspoor

© 2004 – Routledge

320 pages

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About the Book

Second Language Acquisition:

  • introduces the key areas in the field, including multilingualism, the role of teaching, the mental processing of multiple languages, and patterns of growth and decline
  • explores the key theories and debates and elucidates areas of controversy
  • gathers together influential readings from key names in the discipline, including: Vivian Cook, William E. Dunn and James P. Lantolf, S.P. Corder, and Nina Spada and Patsy Lightbown.


'The book is characterized by an ambitious scope, a well-thought out structure, and a balanced approach. It follows a clear progression from fundamental concepts in linguistics to models of acquisition to practical applications in language teaching. Complex information is presented in an easily accessible format without resorting to oversimplification or generalizations and without losing sight of the intended audience.' – Studies in Language

'[De Bot, Lowie and Verspoor] have written a rare advanced SLA text: very readable, yet intriguing and challenging. This is a text for anyone with an interest in Second Language Acquisition, Applied Linguistics, or Dynamic Systems Theory, and undoubtedly is a text that can profitably be read numerous times.' – Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language

Table of Contents

Part A1: Defining the Field 2. Dynamic Systems Theory 3. Historical Perspectives 4. The Multilingual Mind 5. The Developing System 6. Learner's Characteristics 7. The Role of Instruction 8. The Dynamics of SLA Extended Part B1: Multi-Competence and the Learning of Many Languages 2. What Counts in the Acquisition and Attrition of Numeral Classsifiers 3. Brain Imaging of Language Plasticity in Adopted Adults: Can a Second Language Replace the First? 4. Chaos/Complexity Science and Second Language Acquisition 5. Historical Perspectives Extended 6. The Significance of Learners' Errors 7. What Fruit Can Tell us About Lexico-Semantic Transfer: A Non-Structural Dimension to Learner's Perceptions of Linguistic Relations 8. Krashen's Monitor and Occam's Razor 9. The Multilingual Mind 10. Category Interference in Translation and Picture Naming 11. The Bilingual Lexicon 12. Making Sense of Polysemous Words 13. Bilingual Speech: From Concepts to Articulation 14. The Developing System Extended 15. The Role of Input and Interaction in Second Language Acquisition 16. Problems in Output and the Cognitive Processes they Generate: A Step Towards Second Language Learning 17. Learners' Characteristics Extended 18. Ultimate Attainment in £2 Pronunciation: The Case of Very Advanced Late £2 Learners 19. Towards a Full Model of Second Language Learning: An Empirical Investigation 20. Foreign Language Learning Differences: Affective or Native Aptitude Differences? 21. The Role of Instruction Extended 22. Form Focussed Instruction and Second Langauge Acquisition: A Review of Classroom and Laboratory Research 23. The Effects of Inferrring, Verifying and Memorising on the Rentention of £2 Word Meanings: An Experimental Comparison of the Meaning-Inferred Method and the Meaning Given Method 24. Input, Interaction and Second Language Development: An Empirical Study of Question Formation in ESL Part C1: Dynamic Systems Theory Explored 2. Historical Perspectives Explored 3. The Multilingual Mind Explored 4. The Developing System Explored, Second Language Acquisition and the Competition Model 5. Learner's Characteristics Explored 6. The Role of Instruction Explored

About the Series

Routledge Applied Linguistics

Routledge Applied Linguistics is a series of comprehensive resourcebooks, providing students and researchers with the support they need for advanced study of English applied linguistics and language.
Each book carefully guides the reader through three main sections, enabling them to explore and develop major themes within the discipline:
*Section A, Introduction, establishes the key terms and concepts and extends readers' techniques of analysis through practical application
*Section B, Extension, brings together influential articles, sets them in context, and discusses their contribution to the field
*Section C, Exploration, builds on knowledge gained in the first two sections, setting thoughtful tasks around further illustrative material. This enables readers to engage more actively with the subject matter and encourages them to develop their own responses.
Throughout the books, topics are revisited, extended, interwoven and deconstructed, with the reader's understanding strengthened by tasks and follow-up questions.

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Subject Categories

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