The Current State of Interlanguage

Studies in honor of William E. Rutherford

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  • Editors: Lynn Eubank1, Larry Selinker2, and Michael Sharwood Smith3
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 1995
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027285744

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 <i>The Current State of Interlanguage</i> 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.<br />

Subjects: Language acquisition; Sociolinguistics and Dialectology; Bilingualism

  • Affiliations: 1: University of North Texas; 2: University of London; 3: University of Utrecht

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