Second language acquisition (SLA) is a field of inquiry that has increased in importance since the 1960s. Currently, researchers adopt multiple perspectives in the analysis of learner language, all of them providing different but complementary answers to the understanding of oral and written data produced by young and older learners in different settings. The main goal of this volume is to provide the reader with updated reviews of the major contemporary approaches to SLA, the research carried out within them and, wherever appropriate, the implications and/or applications for theory, research and pedagogy that might derive from the available empirical evidence. The book is intended for SLA researchers as well as for graduate (MA, Ph.D.) students in SLA research, applied linguistics and linguistics, as the different chapters will be a guide in their research within the approaches presented. The volume will also be of interest to professionals from other fields interested in the SLA process and the different explanations that have been put forward to account for it.
Recipient of the Spanish Association of Applied Linguistics 2014 Book Award.
1. Acknowledgments; 2. Foreword (by Myles, Florence); 3. Introduction (by Garcia Mayo, Maria del Pilar); 4. Chapter 1. What is easy and what is hard to acquire in a second language: A generative perspective (by Slabakova, Roumyana); 5. Chapter 2. Systemic Functional approaches to second language acquisition in school settings (by Garcia, Ana Llinares); 6. Chapter 3. From input, output and comprehension to negotiation, evidence, and attention: An overview of theory and research on learner interaction and SLA (by Pica, Teresa); 7. Chapter 4. Skill Acquisition Theory and the role of practice in L2 development (by Lyster, Roy); 8. Chapter 5. The Input Processing Theory in second language acquisition (by Benati, Alessandro G.); 9. Chapter 6. Processability Theory: Explaining developmental sequences (by Hakansson, Gisela); 10. Chapter 7. Sociocultural Theory and second language development: Theoretical foundations and insights from research (by Ganem-Gutierrez, Gabriela Adela); 11. Chapter 8. Investigating L2 spoken syntax: A Usage-based perspective (by Weinert, Regina); 12. Chapter 9. Connectionist models of second language acquisition (by Li, Ping); 13. Chapter 10. Dynamic Systems Theory as a comprehensive theory of second language development (by Bot, Kees de); 14. Chapter 11. Electrophysiology of second language processing: The past, present and future (by Sabourin, Laura L.); 15. Afterword. On multiplicity and mutual exclusivity: The case for different SLA theories (by Rothman, Jason); 16. List of contributors