The focus of this collection is on important themes in L2 acquisition, the nature of grammatical systems developed by language learners in L1 acquisition, third language acquisition, and bilingualism and language attrition. The chapters present an interesting mix of theoretical contributions, overview studies, and experimental designs exploring various research questions, such as learnability and access to UG, L1 influence, the nature of initial and endstate grammars, and variability. The linguistic domains investigated are also extremely diverse: morphosyntax, phonology, the lexicon, argument realization, language processing, and interface phenomena. This book, edited and written by McGill University alumni, is intended as a tribute to Lydia White's contribution to the field of generative second language acquisition. The authors present current work on language acquisition which further investigates several themes developed by White's research. Through these state-of-the-art contributions the reader will be able to identify important new directions in which generative language acquisition is developing and expanding.
1. Inquiries in linguistic development: Studies in honor of Lydia White (by Slabakova, Roumyana); 2. I. Learnability and parameter setting; 3. 'Passive' unaccusative errors in L2 English revisited (by Hirakawa, Makiko); 4. Manner-of-motion verbs with locational/directional PPs in L2 English and Japanese (by Inagaki, Shunji); 5. A semantic parameter with a syntactic trigger in the L2 acquisition of Italian (by Slabakova, Roumyana); 6. Investigating the L2 initial state: Additional evidence from the production and comprehension of Afrikaans-speaking learners of German (by Gruter, Theres); 7. L1 phonotactic knowledge and the L2 acquisition of alternations (by Pater, Joe); 8. II. Variability; 9. Morphological variability in the development of L2 French morphosyntax: The issues of impairment and L1 influence (by Prevost, Philippe); 10. Full transfer vs. partial transfer in L2 and L3 acquisition (by Leung, Yan-kit Ingrid); 11. A representational licensing-based account of asymmetries in the L2 acquisition of place (by Steele, Jeffrey); 12. Processing reduced relative versus main verb ambiguity in English as a Second Language: A replication study with working memory (by Juffs, Alan); 13. Formalism and functionalism working together?: Exploring roles for complementary contributions in the domain of child null arguments (by Allen, Shanley E.M.); 14. III. Incomplete ultimate attainment; 15. L2 acquisition of pragmatic and syntactic constraints in the use of overt and null subject pronouns (by Gurel, Ayse); 16. L2 end state grammars and incomplete acquisition of Spanish CLLD constructions (by Valenzuela, Elena); 17. Knowledge of clitic doubling in Spanish: Evidence against pattern learning (by Bruhn de Garavito, Joyce); 18. Incomplete acquisition as a feature of bilingual and L2 grammars (by Montrul, Silvina A.); 19. Index