This book provides an overview of current research on the age factor in foreign language learning, addressing issues, which are critical for language planning. It presents new research on foreign language learning within bilingual communities in formal instruction settings focussing on syntax, phonology, writing, oral skills and learning strategies.
Maria del Pilar Garcia Mayo is Associate Professor of English linguistics at the University of the Basque Country (Spain). Her research interests include the acquisition of second language syntax both from a generative and an interactionist perspective. Maria Luisa Garcia Lecumberri is Associate Professor of English phonetics at the University of the Basque Country (Spain). Her research interests are intonation in English and Spanish and the acquisition of English by foreign learners.
Introduction - Maria del Pilar Garcia Mayo and Maria Luisa Garcia Lecumberri (University of the Basque Country) PART I - THEORETICAL ISSUES 1. Critical Perios of General Age Factor(s)? - David Singleton (Trinity College, Dublin) 2. Phonological Acquisition in Multilingualism - Jonathan Lether (University of Amsterdam) 3. Know Your Grammar - Stefka H. Marinova-Todd (Harwavard Graduate School of Education) PART II - FIELDWORK IN BILINGUAL COMMUNITIES 4. The Influence of Age on the Acquisition of English - Jasone Cenoz (Universidad del Pais Vasco) 5. Age, Length of Exposure and Grammaticality Judgements in the Acquisition of English as a Foreign Language Maria del Pilar Garcia Mayo (Universidad del Pais Vasco) 6. English FL Sounds in School Learners of Different Ages - Maria Luisa Garcia Lecumberri and Francisco Gallardo (Universidad del Pais Vasco) 7. Maturational Constraints on Foreign Language Written Production - David Lasagabaster and Aintzane Doiz (Universidad del Pais Vasco) 8. Variation in Oral Skills Development and Age of Onset - Carmen Munoz (Universitat de Barcelona) 9. Learner Strategies: A Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Study of Primary and High-school EFL Learners -Mia Victori (Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona) and Elsa Tragant (Universitat de Barcelona)