The annual conference of the European Second Language Association provides an opportunity for the presentation of second language research with a genuinely European flavour. The theoretical perspectives adopted are wide-ranging and may fall within traditions overlooked elsewhere. Moreover, the studies presented are largely multi-lingual and cross-cultural, as befits the make-up of modern-day Europe. At the same time, the work demonstrates sophisticated awareness of scholarly insights from around the world. The EUROSLA yearbook presents a selection each year of the very best research from the annual conference. Submissions are reviewed and professionally edited, and only those of the highest quality are selected. Contributions are in English.
1. Acknowledgments; 2. Introduction; 3. Aptitude, age and cognitive development: The MLAT-E in Spanish and Catalan (by Suarez, Maria del Mar); 4. Can research into the diagnostic testing of reading in a second or foreign language contribute to SLA research? (by Alderson, J.Charles); 5. Guessing and risk attitude in L2 vocabulary tests (by Thoma, Dieter); 6. Developing a lexical profiler for spoken French L2 and Italian L2: The role of frequency, thematic vocabulary and cognates (by Bardel, Camilla); 7. Gossamer or bindweed?: Association links between common words (by Meara, Paul); 8. The nature of variable sensitivity to agreement violations in L2 English (by Bannai, Masanori); 9. Feature composition in Differential Object Marking (by Guijarro Fuentes, Pedro); 10. L1/L2 parametric directionality matters: More on the Null Subject Parameter in L2 acquisition (by Judy, Tiffany); 11. The syntax and interpretation of embedded null subjects in Chinese, and their acquisition by English-speaking learners (by Zhao, Lucy Xia); 12. Gradient competence at the Syntax-Discourse Interface (by Slabakova, Roumyana); 13. Beyond canonical order: The acquisition of marked word orders in Italian as a second language (by Bettoni, Camilla)