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The Development of the Grammatical System in Early Second Language Acquisition

The Multiple Constraints Hypothesis

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Abstract

<b>Shortlisted for the Christopher Brumfit Award in Applied Linguistics.</b><br /><i>The Development of the Grammatical System in Early Second Language Acquisition</i> focuses on the acquisition process of early L2 learners. It is based on the following key hypothesis: the initial mental grammatical system of L2 learners is constrained semantically, syntactically and mnemonically. This hypothesis is formalised as the <i>Multiple Constraints Hypothesis</i>. The empirical test of the <i>Multiple Constraints Hypothesis</i> is based on a large database including cross-sectional and longitudinal data from square-one ESL beginners. The study demonstrates that the postulated constraints are relaxed successively as learning progresses. The book is intended for postgraduate students as well as SLA researchers.

Subjects: Bilingualism; Syntax; Language acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Theoretical linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Paderborn

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