Few works in the field of second language acquisition (SLA) can endure multiple reads, but Selinker's (1972) "Interlanguage" is a clear exception. Written at the inception of the field, this paper delineates a disciplinary scope; asks penetrating questions; advances daring hypotheses; and proposes a first-ever conceptual and empirical framework that continues to stimulate SLA research. Sparked by a heightened interest in this founding text on its 40th anniversary, 10 leaders in their respective fields of SLA research collectively examine extrapolations of the seminal text for the past, the present, and the future of SLA research. This book offers a rare resource for novices and experts alike in and beyond the field of SLA.
1. Acknowledgements; 2. Introduction (by Han, ZhaoHong); 3. Chapter 1. Enduring questions from the Interlanguage Hypothesis (by Tarone, Elaine); 4. Chapter 2. Rediscovering prediction (by Odlin, Terence); 5. Chapter 3. From Julie to Wes to Alberto: Revisiting the construct of fossilization (by Han, ZhaoHong); 6. Chapter 4. Interlanguage, transfer and fossilization: Beyond second language acquisition (by Montrul, Silvina A.); 7. Chapter 5. The limits of instruction: 40 years after "Interlanguage" (by VanPatten, Bill); 8. Chapter 6. Documenting interlanguage development (by Bardovi-Harlig, Kathleen); 9. Chapter 7. Methodological influences of "Interlanguage" (1972): Data then and data now (by Gass, Susan M.); 10. Chapter 8. Trying out theories on interlanguage: Description and explanation over 40 years of L2 negation research (by Ortega, Lourdes); 11. Chapter 9. Another step to be taken - Rethinking the end point of the interlanguage continuum (by Larsen-Freeman, Diane); 12. Chapter 10. Interlanguage 40 years on: Three themes from here (by Selinker, Larry); 13. Name index; 14. Subject index