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Second Language Syntax: A Generative Introduction

ISBN: 978-0-631-19184-1
408 pages
February 2001, ©2001, Wiley-Blackwell
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Adopting the objectives of Chomsky's Principles and Parameters approach to Universal Grammar, Second Language Syntax takes the reader through the main research findings in second language grammatical development. For each area, empirical findings are linked to proposals made by linguists working within the Principles and Parameters framework, with the aim of developing a theory of second language syntax.
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List of Figures.

List of Tables.

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

1. A Framework for Studying Second Language Syntax.

2. The Second Language Acquisition of Grammatical Morphology.

3. The Second Language Acquisition of Negation and Verb Movement.

4. The Second Language Acquisition of Word Order.

5. The Second Language Acquisition of Subjects, Objects and Other Participants in Clauses.

6. The Second Language Acquisition of Nominal Phrases.

7. Constraints on Syntactic Representations and Second Language Acquisition.

8. The Construction of a Theory of Second Language Syntax: Some Issues and Controversies.

References.

Index.

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Roger Hawkins is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex. He is the author of Approaches to Second Language Acquisition and French Grammar and Usage (both written in collaboration with Richard Towell).
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  • Offers step-by-step explanations of some of the major findings of research in second language acquisition.
  • Evaluates existing theories of second language syntactic knowledge and development.
  • Focuses on the role that the innate language faculty plays in second language acquisition.
  • Includes extensive exercises and suggestions for further reading.

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"This book is remarkably clear in its exposition, exhaustive in coverage and intelligent in its argumentation. It will find its niche in the burgeoning field of Second Language Acquisition." Antonella Sorace, University of Edinburgh

<!--end-->"This is a fine text. The material is well-chosen and presented in an accessible and engaging manner. The exercises add utility and interest. Moreover, the author's unassuming authorial voice and lack of dogmatism make the book a valuable contribution." Margaret Thomas, Boston College

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