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The Handbook of Spanish Second Language Acquisition

ISBN: 978-0-470-67443-7
576 pages
December 2013, Wiley-Blackwell
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Bringing together a comprehensive collection of newly-commissioned articles, this Handbook covers the most recent developments across a range of sub-fields relevant to the study of second language Spanish.

  • Provides a unique and much-needed collection of new research in this subject, compiled and written by experts in the field
  • Offers a critical account of the most current, ground-breaking developments across key fields, each of which has seen innovative empirical research in the past decade
  • Covers a broad range of issues including current theoretical approaches, alongside a variety of entries within such areas as the sound system, morphosyntax, individual and social factors, and instructed language learning
  • Presents a variety of methodological approaches spanning the active areas of research in language acquisition
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List of Figures vii

List of Tables ix

Notes on Contributors xi

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction 1

Part I Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to the Study of Second Language Spanish 9

1 Corpus-based Research in Second Language Spanish 11
Amaya Mendikoetxea

2 Functional Approaches to Second Language Spanish 30
Eve Zyzik

3 Generative Approaches to Spanish Second Language Acquisition 46
Jason Rothman and Diego Pascual y Cabo

4 Psycholinguistic Approaches to Second Language Spanish 64
Margaret Gillon Dowens and Manuel Carreiras

5 Variationist Approaches to Second Language Spanish 80
Aarnes Gudmestad

6 Cognitive Linguistic Approaches to Second Language Spanish 96
Teresa Cadierno and Alberto Hijazo-Gasc´on

Part II Phonology in Second Language Spanish 111

7 Voice Onset Time in Second Language Spanish 113
Mary L. Zampini

8 Speech Perception in Second Language Spanish 130
Polina Vasiliev and Paola Escudero

9 Segmental Phonology in Second Language Spanish 146
Manuel D´żaz-Campos

10 Suprasegmental Phenomena in Second Language Spanish 166
Nicholas Henriksen

Part III Developing Grammars in Second Language Spanish 183

11 Object Pronouns in Second Language Spanish 185
Paul A. Malovrh

12 Grammatical Gender in Second Language Spanish 202
Irma Alarc´on

13 The Acquisition of the Copula Contrast in Second Language Spanish 219
Kimberly L. Geeslin

14 Tense and Aspect in Second Language Spanish 235
Llorenc¸ Comajoan Colom´e

15 Subject Pronouns in Second Language Spanish 253
Margaret Lubbers Quesada

16 Subjunctive in Second Language Spanish 270
Joseph Collentine

17 Word Order in Second Language Spanish 287
Crist´obal Lozano

18 Meaning in Second Language Spanish 311
Roumyana Slabakova

19 Language in Context 331
Rachel L. Shively

Part IV Individual and Social Factors in Second Language Spanish 351

20 Ultimate Attainment in Spanish L2 Acquisition 353
Silvina Montrul

21 Affective Factors and Second Language Spanish 369
Dolly Jesusita Young

22 Study Abroad and Second Language Spanish 386
Barbara A. Lafford and Izabela Uscinski

23 Heritage Learners of Spanish 404
Kim Potowski

24 Comparing Second Language Learners to Other Populations 423
Ana Teresa P´erez-Leroux and Danielle Thomas

Part V Acquisition in the Second Language Spanish Classroom 447

25 Acquisition of Grammar by Instructed Learners 449
Robert DeKeyser and Goretti Prieto Botana

26 Acquisition of Reading in Second Language Spanish 466
Cindy Brantmeier

27 Acquisition of Writing in Second Language Spanish 482
Marly Nas and Kees van Esch

28 Exploring Lexical Diversity in Second Language Spanish 498
Gabriela Castan˜eda-Jime´nez and Scott Jarvis

29 Teaching Pronunciation in Second Language Spanish 514
Gillian Lord and Maria I. Fionda

30 Instructor Characteristics and Classroom-Based SLA of Spanish 530
Laura Gurzynski-Weiss

Index 547

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Kimberly L. Geeslin is Professor at Indiana University. Her research focuses on second language Spanish (SLA) and the intersection of SLA and sociolinguistics. She has published in Studies in Second Language Acquisition; Language Learning; Hispania; Spanish in Context; Bilingualism: Language and Cognition; Journal of Applied Linguistics; Linguistics;and Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics.

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“This is a terrific and unprecedented resource that surveys the vibrant field of Spanish SLA from a wealth of angles. All contributors are authorities who have succeeded admirably in synthesizing accumulated findings and in offering forward-looking suggestions – across theories, foci of inquiry, methodologies, contexts, and fundamental questions. At once indispensable for scholars working on the acquisition of Spanish and poignantly relevant for the entire SLA research community!”
--Lourdes Ortega, Georgetown University

“The publication of the Handbook of Spanish Second Language Acquisition marks the coming of age of both SLA and Spanish SLA. With contributions by well-known SLA scholars, the Handbook both consolidates cumulative research in L2 Spanish and suggests directions for future investigations. It is a valuable resource for anyone in the field.”
--Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig, Indiana University

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