Connectionism and Second Language Acquisition

By Yasuhiro Shirai

© 2016 – Routledge

208 pages

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pub: 2016-05-14
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About the Book

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 reseachers and the cognitive science community will find accessible discussions of the relevance of connectionist research to SLA and hands-on guidance on how to run network simulations, including information on the various simulation software programs and resources available. 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.

Table of Contents

1. Overview: connectionism and language acquisition research. 2. Why connectionist research on SLA? 3. Rules vs connections. 4. The critical period hypothesis. 5. Connectionist research on bilingualism. 6. Connectionist accounts and applications. 7. Conclusion and future directions. Appendix: Resources for running network simulations.

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