This volume is a collection of state-of-the-art papers in generative studies of second language (L2) acquisition bringing together an unusually broad range of interests and inquiry. Selected papers report on controlled experimental studies within specific areas of research investigating the development of L2 grammars; others formulate exciting new proposals for methodology and learnability in both first and second language acquisition. Following an introduction which argues for new research strategies that focus on the process of acquisition along with its product, the book is divided into two sections: Current Perspectives includes compelling new work on the development of functional categories within a parameter-setting model of L2 acquisition; the second section, New Directions, introduces research and discussion on topics which reflect the latest developments in the field, including syntax-semantics correspondences, L2 processing research, code-switching from a UG perspective, and applications of Chomsky's (1995) Minimalist Program to second language acquisition studies.
1. I. The Issues; 2. Investigating Second Language Grammars: Some Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Generative SLA Research (by Klein, Elaine C.); 3. II. Current Perspectives on Generative L2A Studies; 4. Common Methodological Issues In L1 And L2 Research (by Cairns, Helen); 5. The Second Language Acquisition Of The Split CP Structure (by Prevost, Philippe); 6. Activating AgrIOP in Second Language Acquisition (by Montrul, Silvina A.); 7. Null subjects in non-native grammars: The Spanish L2 of Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese and Korean speakers (by Liceras, Juana M.); 8. Selectivity in the Acquisition of Complex NP Islands (by Perez-Leroux, Ana Teresa); 9. III. New Directions in Generative L2A Studies; 10. Psych verbs In Second Language Acquisition (by White, Lydia); 11. Just Parsing Trough: Notes On The State Of L2 Processing Research Today (by Klein, Elaine C.); 12. Processing Strategies in Second Language Acquisition: Some Preliminary Results (by Fernandez, Eva M.); 13. Language Mixing and Second Language Acquisition: Some Issues and Perspectives (by Bhatia, Tej K.); 14. Codeswitching, Grammar, and Sentence Production: The Problem of Light Verbs (by Ritchie, William C.); 15. Multiple-Specifiers and wh-island Effect in L2 Acquisition: A Preliminary Study (by Yusa, Noriaki); 16. Losing the V2 Constraint (by Robertson, Daniel); 17. Learnability Theory: Triggers for Parsing With (by Fodor, Janet Dean); 18. List of Authors; 19. Name Index; 20. Subject Index