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First and Second Language Acquisition
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1. The quest for the LAD; 2. First language development - Universal Grammar as the centerpiece of the human language making capacity; 3. Obvious (observable) similarities and differences between first and second language acquisition - developmental sequences; 4. The initial state and beyond; 5. Developing grammatical knowledge - parameter setting and inductive learning; 6. Neural maturation and age - opening and closing windows of opportunities; 7. A (tentative) theory of language acquisition - L1, 2L1, and L2.

1. The quest for the LAD; 2. First language development - Universal Grammar as the centerpiece of the human language making capacity; 3. Obvious (observable) similarities and differences between first and second language acquisition - developmental sequences; 4. The initial state and beyond; 5. Developing grammatical knowledge - parameter setting and inductive learning; 6. Neural maturation and age - opening and closing windows of opportunities; 7. A (tentative) theory of language acquisition - L1, 2L1, and L2.

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This is the first textbook to systematically compare first and second language acquisition drawing on data from several languages.

About the Author

Jurgen M. Meisel is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics in the Department of Romance Languages and a member and former Chair (1999-2006) of the Research Center on Bilingualism at the University of Hamburg. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Distinguished Fellow in the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Calgary. He is one of the founding editors and current co-editor of the journal Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, published by Cambridge University Press.

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'... an excellent textbook on similarities and differences between first and second language acquisition, but also an insightful and provocative synthesis of research on this topic.' Fred Genesee, McGill University
" ... an excellent textbook on similarities and differences between first and second language acquisition, but also an insightful and provocative synthesis of research on this topic." --Fred Genesee, Psychology Department, McGill University

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