Educational Linguistics

Universal Grammar and the Second Language Classroom

Editors: Whong, Melinda, Gil, Kook-Hee, Marsden, Heather (Eds.)

  • Marks the beginning of a new subfield of research: Applied Generative Second Language Acquisition
  • Helps provide a voice in the discipline of applied linguistics and in pedagogical circles for generative linguistics, one of the most influential linguistic paradigms
  • Appeals to a growing number of generative SLA researchers who wish to articulate their findings for a classroom audience
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About this book

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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From the reviews:

“This book will be of great interest to researchers in GenSLA, language pedagogy and advanced students in linguistics. Second language teachers will also benefit, although the theoretical discussion may be somewhat advanced for those lacking a solid linguistic background. … It shows the need for research combining GenSLA and classroom teaching. It surely opens the field for interdisciplinary research in all areas of linguistics and all areas of language pedagogy.” (Alexandra Galani, The Linguist List, May, 2014)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: Generative Second Language Acquisition and Language Pedagogy

    Whong, Melinda (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • What Research Can Tell Us About Teaching: The Case of Pronouns and Clitics

    Garavito, Joyce Bruhn

    Pages 17-34

  • L2 Acquisition of Null Subjects in Japanese: A New Generative Perspective and Its Pedagogical Implications

    Kizu, Mika

    Pages 35-55

  • Verb Movement in Generative SLA and the Teaching of Word Order Patterns

    Rankin, Tom

    Pages 57-76

  • Modifying the Teaching of Modifiers: A Lesson from Universal Grammar

    Stringer, David

    Pages 77-100

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-6362-3
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-6361-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover n/a
  • ISBN 978-94-017-8419-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Universal Grammar and the Second Language Classroom
Editors
  • Melinda Whong
  • Kook-Hee Gil
  • Heather Marsden
Series Title
Educational Linguistics
Series Volume
16
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-6362-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-6362-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-6361-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8419-1
Series ISSN
1572-0292
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 252
Number of Illustrations and Tables
43 b/w illustrations
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