Universal Grammar and the Second Language Classroom [electronic resource] / edited by Melinda Whong, Kook-Hee Gil, Heather Marsden
- Whong, Melinda
- Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 2013.
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- X, 252 pages 43 illustrations : online resource
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- Gil, Kook-Hee, Marsden, Heather, and SpringerLink (Online service)
- Educational Linguistics, 1572-0292 ; 16
- Acknowledgements -- 1. Introduction: Generative second language acquisition and language pedagogy -- Part I: GenSLA Applied to the Classroom -- 2. What research can tell us about teaching: The case of pronouns and clitics -- 3. L2 Acquisition of null subjects in Japanese: A new generative perspective and its pedagogical implications -- 4. Verb movement in generative SLA and the teaching of word order patterns -- 5. Modifying the teaching of modifiers: A lesson from Universal Grammar -- 6. The syntax-discourse interface and the interface between generative theory and pedagogical approaches to SLA -- Part II: GenSLA and Classroom Research -- 7. Alternations and argument structure in second language English: Knowledge of two types of intransitive verbs -- 8. Quantifiers: form and meaning in second language development -- 9. Explicit article instruction in definiteness, specificity, genericity and perception -- Part III: GenSLA, the Language Classroom, and Beyond -- 10. Whether to teach and how to teach complex linguistic structures in a second language -- 11. Great expectations in phonology: Second language acquisition research and its relation to the teaching of older and younger learners -- 12. Applied Generative SLA: The need for an agenda and a methodology -- Subject index . .
- This book proposes that research into generative second language acquisition (GenSLA) can be applied to the language classroom. Assuming that Universal Grammar plays a role in second language development, it explores generalisations from GenSLA research. The book aims to build bridges between the fields of generative second language acquisition, applied linguistics, and language teaching; and it shows how GenSLA is poised to engage with researchers of second language learning outside the generative paradigm. Each chapter of Universal Grammar and the Second Language Classroom showcases ways in which GenSLA research can inform language pedagogy. Some chapters include classroom research that tests the effectiveness of teaching particular linguistic phenomena. Others review existing research findings, discussing how these findings are useful for language pedagogy. All chapters show how generative linguistics can enhance teachers’ expertise in language and second language development. “This groundbreaking volume ably takes on the gap that currently exists between generative linguistic theory in second language acquisition (GenSLA) and second language pedagogy, by gathering chapters from GenSLA researchers who are interested in the relevance and potential application of their research to second/foreign language teaching. It offers a welcome and thought-provoking contribution to any discussion of the relation between linguistic theory and practice. I recommend it not only for language teachers interested in deepening their understanding of the formal properties of the languages they teach, but also for linguists interested in following up on more practical consequences of the fruits of their theoretical and empirical research.” Donna Lardiere, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA.
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