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Formal linguistic approaches to L3/Ln acquisition: a focus on morphosyntactic transfer in adult multilingualism

Rothman, J. and Halloran, B. (2013) Formal linguistic approaches to L3/Ln acquisition: a focus on morphosyntactic transfer in adult multilingualism. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 33. pp. 51-67. ISSN 1471-6356

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1017/S0267190513000032

Abstract/Summary

The goal of this article is to introduce the reader to contemporary adult multilingual acquisition research within generative linguistics. In much the same way as monolingual and bilingual acquisition studies are approached within this paradigm, generative multilingual research focuses primarily on the psycholinguistic and cognitive aspects of the acquisition process. Herein, we critically present a panoramic view of the research questions and empirical work that have dominated this nascent field, taking the reader through several interrelated epistemological discussions that are at the vanguard of contemporary multilingual morphosyntax work. We finish this article with some thoughts looking towards the near future of adult multilingual acquisition studies.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Clinical Language Sciences
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Language and Cognition
ID Code:33069
Publisher:Cambridge University Press for the American Association for Applied Linguistics

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