Third Language Acquisition in Adulthood

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  • Editors: Jennifer Cabrelli Amaro1, Suzanne Flynn2, and Jason Rothman3
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027273031

In recent years, researchers have acknowledged that the study of third language acquisition cannot simply be viewed as an extension of the study of bilingualism, and the present volume’s authors agree that a point of departure that embraces the unique properties that differentiate L2 acquisition from L3/Ln acquisition is essential. From linguistic, sociological, psychological, educational and cognitive viewpoints, it has become increasingly apparent that the study of L3/Ln acquisition can provide new evidence to help resolve ongoing debates in these areas of study. This volume uniquely provides a wide-ranging overview of current trends in the study of adult additive multilingualism from formal, psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic perspectives, adding new insights into adult multilingual epistemology. This collection includes critical reviews of L3/Ln morphosyntax, phonology, and the lexicon, as well as individual studies with unique language pairings including Romance, Germanic, Slavic, and Asian languages.

Subjects: Bilingualism; Psycholinguistics; Language acquisition

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Florida; 2: MIT; 3: University of Florida and University of Ottawa

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