January 22, 2012

Book: Comparative Perspectives on Language Acquisition

From http://www.multilingual-matters.com/display.asp?isb=9781847696038

Comparative Perspectives on Language Acquisition: A Tribute to Clive Perdue Marzena Edited by Sandra BenazzoWatorek and Maya Hickmann
Published by Multilingual Matters

Description: This volume aims to provide a broad view of second language acquisition, from initial to final stages. It does this within a comparative perspective that addresses results concerning adult and child learners across a variety of source and target languages, in order to assess the relative weight of cognitive and typological determinants during language learning.

Review: This well-edited collection of papers responds to the theoretical issues that concerned Clive Perdue throughout his productive career. The 29 chapters examine similarities and differences between monolinguals, childhood bilinguals, and adult and child learners of a second language. We see how learner productions are influenced by perceptual abilities, L1 transfer, and explicit learning as they operate across the lifespan, rather than some uniform expiration of a critical period. (Brian MacWhinney)

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