Second Language Acquisition and Universal Grammar (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics)

Second Language Acquisition and Universal Grammar (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics)

by Lydia White (Author)


This authoritative 2003 textbook provides an overview and analysis of current second language acquisition research conducted within the generative linguistic framework. Lydia White argues that second language acquisition is constrained by principles and parameters of Universal Grammar. The book focuses on characterizing and explaining the underlying linguistic competence of second language learners in terms of these contraints. Theories as to the role of Universal Grammar and the extent of mother tongue influence are presented and discussed, with particular consideration given to the nature of the interlanguage grammar at different points in development, from the initial state to ultimate attainment. Throughout the book, hypotheses maintaining that second language grammars are constrained by universal principles are contrasted with claims that Universal Grammar is not implicated; relevant empirical research is presented from both sides of the debate. This textbook is essential reading for those studying second language acquisition from a linguistic perspective.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 332
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 06 Mar 2003

ISBN 10: 0521796474
ISBN 13: 9780521796477
Book Overview: This authoritative 2003 textbook provides a linguistic perspective on second language acquisition.

Media Reviews
It is a clear presentation of a set of current positions on the relation among Universal Grammar (UG), that of the acquirer/learner's L1, and the process and limits of the acquisition/learning of the L2. Canadian Journal of Linguistics, Kathleen Connors, Univerite de Montreal
This book is an excellent review of the most central acquisitions related to UG (Universal Grammar). White has skillfully captured the essence of UG issues and strategies. GEOLINGUISTICS Vol. 30, Jenny M. Castillo, Hunter College (CUNY)
Lydia White has come out with a new textbook of Universal Grammar and SLA; buy it. End of Story. Studies in Second Language Aquisition, Kevin R. Gregg
Author Bio
Lydia White is Professor of Linguistics at McGill University, Montreal and Chair of the Linguistics Department. She is internationally known as a leading expert on second language acquisition. She is the author of Universal Grammar and Second Language Acquisition (John Benjamins, 1989) and publishes regularly in major international journals on language acquisition.