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Processes in Third Language Acquisition

Processes in Third Language Acquisition

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  • ISBN-13: 9780748635115
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Release Date: Aug 19, 2005
  • Edition: 1
  • Pages: 184 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.7 x 8.6 inches


This volume brings together six case studies of an adult multilingual speaker who acquires a new language through social interaction. The book deals especially with the multilingual situation, the learner's acquisitional activities, and the involvement of background languages in the process of speaking. It offers a coherent study of various linguistic phenomena in one individual, including patterns and functions of language switching, word search in interaction, hypothetical construction of words, and articulatory settings in speaking. The main languages involved are English (L1), German (L2) and Swedish (L3). The activation of these languages in the learner's speech is examined in a cognitive perspective in relation to current models of the speaking process. A longitudinal corpus of NNS-NS conversations covering 21 months from the beginner stage provides the main data for these studies.

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