Synopses & Reviews
Linguists offer perhaps an unprecedented look at the phenomenon ofcross-linguist influence from a cognitivist perspective. Among their topics are transfer and the relationships between the languages ofmulti-competence, the implications of linguistic relativity for language learning, cross-language influence in the acquisition ofspatial prepositions in English as a foreign language, whether classroom learners can use statistical learning, how learninggrammatical gender in a second language changes the categorization of inanimate objects: replications and new evidence from Englishlearners of French as a second language, and cross-linguistic influences in third language acquisition. Distributed in the US by UTP Distribution.Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
This volume provides an unprecedented insight into current approaches to crosslinguistic influence (CLI). The collection investigates a range of themes including linguistic relativity, the possible contributions of neurolinguistics, the problem of cognitive development and the role of the frequency of structures in acquisition from distinct, overlapping and complementary perspectives. Chapters focusing on vocabulary, morphosyntactic categories, semantic structures, and phonetic and phonological structures feature in the volume, as do over 20 languages, in order to offer new insights into both theoretical and empirical issues in CLI, including the consequences of great or little similarity in structures between languages. The relevance of CLI research for teaching is discussed in a number of chapters, as is the phenomenon of multilingualism. The collection will appeal to researchers, graduate and postgraduate students, teachers and professionals interested in the field of CLI in SLA.