The Current State of Interlanguage: Studies in honor of William E. Rutherford

The Current State of Interlanguage: Studies in honor of William E. Rutherford

By: Lynn Eubank (editor), Larry Selinker (editor), Michael Sharwood-Smith (editor)Hardback

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This state-of-the-art volume presents an outstanding collection of 22 studies on current issues facing research in second-language acquisition (SLA). The editors sought contributions for this volume from seasoned veterans of SLA like Lydia White and Susan Gass, from well-known researchers in linguistics and/or first-language acquisition like Haj Ross and Harald Clahsen, and from relative newcomers to the field like India Plough and Jean-Marc Dewaele. The topics covered range from the role of universals at various levels of second-language (L2) knowledge; the way that linguistic knowledge is represented by L2 learners; the changing nature of linguistic theory itself; and the definition of usage phenomena like style shifting and code switching. The introduction to The Current State of Interlanguage gives a concise yet detailed overview of research in the field over the past 10 years, and focuses on the present growing concensus on a number of issues that were at one point highly controversial.


1. The current state of interlanguage: Introduction (by Eubank, Lynn); 2. Prominence in applied linguistics: Bill Rutherford (by Jordens, Peter); 3. I-interlanguage and typology: The case of topic-prominence (by Yip, Virginia); 4. Universals, SLA, and language pedagogy: 1984 revisited (by Gass, Susan M.); 5. Learnability, pre-emption, domain-specificity, and the instructional value of "Master Mind" (by Birdsong, David); 6. Why we need grammar: Confessions of a cognitive generalist (by Bialystok, Ellen); 7. Chasing after linguistic theory: How minimal should we be? (by White, Lydia); 8. The irrelevance of verbal feedback to language learning (by Carroll, Susanne Elizabeth); 9. Indirect negative evidence, inductive inferencing, and second language acquisition (by Plough, India C.); 10. The negative effects of 'positive' evidence on L2 phonology (by Young-Scholten, Martha); 11. German plurals in adult second language development: Evidence for a dual-mechanism model of inflection (by Clahsen, Harald); 12. Universal Grammar in L2 acquisition: Some thoughts on Schachter's Incompleteness Hypothesis (by Felix, Sascha); 13. Acquiring linking rules and argument structures in a second language: The unaccusative/unergative distinction (by Sorace, Antonella); 14. Data, evidence and rules (by Beck, Maria-Luise); 15. Markedness aspects of case-marking in L1 French/L2 English (by Zobl, Helmut); 16. Language transfer: What do we really mean? (by Martohardjono, Gita); 17. Age before beauty: Johnson and Newport revisited (by Kellerman, Eric); 18. Style-shifting in oral interlanguage: Quantification and definition (by Dewaele, Jean-Marc); 19. Observations of language use in Spanish immersion classroom interactions (by Blanco-Iglesias, Susana); 20. Some neurolinguistic evidence regarding variation in interlanguage use: The status of the 'switch mechanism' (by Lorch, Marjorie Perlman); 21. Beyond 2000: A measure of productive lexicon in a second language (by Laufer, Batia); 22. A first crosslinguistic look at paths: The difference between end-legs and medial ones (by Ross, Haj); 23. Index

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  • ISBN13: 9789027221520
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 293
  • ID: 9789027221520
  • weight: 695
  • ISBN10: 9027221529

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