Neurolinguistic and Psycholinguistic Perspectives on SLA Janusz Arabski, Adam Wojtaszek
- Hardback - 208 pages
- 23 Dec 2009
- Multilingual Matters
- 210 x 148 (A5)
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Neurolinguistic and Psycholinguistic Perspectives on SLA is a collection of twelve chapters, reporting on research results and presenting theoretical insights into the processes of language acquisition. It is divided into two major sections: the first part demonstrates the ways in which the latest developments in non-invasive techniques of brain monitoring allow researchers to test hypothesis related to biological foundations of language acquisition, including also accounts of emotional factors, limbic communication and evidence from language disorders. The second part offers psycholinguistic modelling of a number of components of second language competence, such as the acquisition of reading and writing, handling of foreign language vocabulary and the nature of bi- and multilingualism. It is a valuable collection for active researchers in the field, as well as for postgraduate students in language acquisition, psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics.
The compilation of articles in this book offers a view on the breadth of current research on second language acquisition and processing. Coming from a teaching background, the contributors provide reviews of a heterogeneous set of theoretical positions and research approaches. Some may find it eclectic, I found it stimulating.
This book is a must for all interested in SLA, multilingualism and language learning in general. It offers a well-composed selection of thought-provoking perspectives stemming from neuro- and psycholinguistic studies focusing on the second language learner. The various scholars study a wide range of topics in two promising areas of research and thereby give evidence of the multifaceted nature of methodologies used in modern linguistics. This source will certainly open up new research avenues in the field.
Ulrike Jessner, Universitat Innsbruck, Austria.
Janusz Arabski and Adam Wojtaszek both work at the University of Silesia, Poland. Their research interests include psycholinguistics, language acquisition and linguistic pragmatics. They have invited twelve researchers and practitioners in neurolinguistics and psycholinguistics to contribute papers reporting on their recent studies related to the processes of language acquisition. The editors and the contributing authors are active members of many scientific committees and organizations devoted to the investigation of language acquisition processes, they regularly participate in many conferences and publish extensively. The author list comprises experienced scholars as well as young researchers.;