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Title The age factor in second language acquisition : a critical look at the critical period hypothesis / edited by David Singleton and Zsolt Lengyel.

Published Clevedon [England] : Philadelphia : Multilingual Matters, [1995]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  418 AGE    AVAILABLE
Physical description viii, 160 pages ; 22 cm.
Series Multilingual matters.
Multilingual matters (Series)
Notes Papers presented at a conference held within the framework of the 14th annual meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics which was held Feb.-Mar. 1992, Seattle, Wash.; also includes papers solicited for a conference which did not take place.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: A Critical Look at the Critical Period Hypothesis in Second Language Acquisition Research / David Singleton -- 1. Can Late Learners Attain a Native Accent in a Foreign Language? A Test of the Critical Period Hypothesis / Theo Bongaerts, Brigitte Planken and Erik Schils -- 2. Multicompetence and Effects of Age / Vivian Cook -- 3. Some Critical Remarks Concerning Penfield's Theory of Second Language Acquisition / Hans W. Dechert -- 4. Evaluating the Need for Input Enhancement in Post-Critical Period Language Acquisition / Georgette Ioup -- 5. Some Critical Remarks on the Phonological Component / Zsolt Lengyel -- 6. Is there an Age Factor for Universal Grammar? / Gita Martohardjono and Suzanne Flynn.
Summary This book takes a hard look at some of the assumptions that are customarily made concerning the role of age in second language acquisition. The evidence and arguments the contributors present run counter to the notion that an early start in second language learning is of itself either absolutely sufficient or necessary for the attainment of native-like mastery of a second language. Another theme of the book is a doubt that there is a particular stage of maturity beyond which language learning is no longer fully possible. In short, the book presents a challenge to those who take it as given that second language learning is inevitably different in its essential nature from language acquisition in the childhood years and that second language knowledge acquired beyond the critical period is in all circumstances and in all respects doomed to fossilize at a non-native-like level.
Other author Lengyel, Zsolt.
Singleton, D. M. (David Michael)
Subject Second language acquisition -- Age factors -- Congresses.
ISBN 1853593028
185359301X (paperback)