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Morphosyntactic Issues in Second Language Acquisition Edited by: Danuta Gabry?-Barker

Hardback - 280 pages
14 May 2008
Multilingual Matters
234 x 156 (R8vo)


This volume presents a selection of second language acquisition studies at the level of morphosyntax. It looks at different aspects of morphosyntactic development of bilingual language learners/users such as language transfer, syntactic processing, morphology and the pragmatics of language among others. The studies report on projects carried out in different language contact contexts, ranging from: English, German, Polish, Greek and Turkish. The volume also includes those studies which show the interface between research findings and pedagogy of foreign language teaching.


This volume should be of interest not only to linguists and applied linguists, but also to graduate researchers of SLA since many of the contributions include reviews of the relevant theoretical issues. It is an excellent volume with challenging insights that should lead to a new thinking on morphosyntax development in SLA and to a departure from more traditional empirical data measurement to newer introspective-type research instrumentation.
Dr Muiris Ó Laoire, Department of Languages, Institute of Technology, Tralee, Ireland

Author Biography:

Danuta Gabrys-Barker is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland and also a teacher trainer and senior lecturer at Teacher Training College in Gliwice. Her main areas of interest are: multilingualism (especially at the level of mental lexicon), neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics (modalities and learner profiles), research methods in SLA (mainly introspective methods), reflective teaching and the role of action research in teacher development; and more recently researching syntactic issues in SLA. She has published numerous articles in these research areas as well as the book Aspects of multilingual storage, processing and retrieval, Katowice: University of Silesia Press, 2005.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate Research / Professional

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