Third or Additional Language Acquisition examines research on the acquisition of languages beyond the L2 withing four main areas of inquiry: crosslinguistic influence, multilingual speech production models, the multilingual lexicon and the impact of bi/multilingualism on cognitive development. The book critically examines the evidence available keeping two main questions in mind. The first is whether multilinguals should be considered as learners and speakers in their own right and, consequently, whether the distinction between Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism, and Third or Additional Language Acquisition and Multilingualism is fully warranted. The second is how proficient in a non-native language learners are supposed to be before they can begin to be classified as multilingual learners in empirical research
Gessica De Angelis obtained her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at Birkbeck College University of London under the supervision of Jean-Marc Dewaele. She published in the field of third or additional language acquisition, multilingualism and crosslinguistic influence. She has taught at the University of London and at the University of Toronto. She currently carries out research at the University of London.
1. The Multilingual Learner and Speaker 2. Factors Affecting Non-native Language Influence 3. What can be Transferred from One or More Non-native Language to Another 4. Multilingual Speech Production 5. The Multilingual Lexicon 6. Prior Language Knowledge, Cognitive Development and the Language Acquisition Process 7. Conclusion References Index