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What do we mean by 'second' in Second Language Acquisition?

Block, David (2005) What do we mean by 'second' in Second Language Acquisition? In: Linguistic Informatics- State Of The Art And The Future: The First International Conference On Linguistic Informatics. John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 221-241. ISBN 9027233136

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Additional Information: In this paper I problematise two uses of “second” in SLA. In the first part, I examine the monolingual bias, first from a linguistic standpoint and second, from a sociolinguistic standpoint. I then go on to suggest that “second” is in perhaps a misnomer when it is used to refer to the experiences of individuals who have had contact with three, four, five or more languages in their lifetimes. In the second part, I make the point that while it is right for SLA scholars to distinguish among classroom/ naturalistic and foreign/second contexts, they should also bear in mind that none of these contexts provides learning opportunities in anything like a predictable manner. I close with some thoughts on the continued use of “second” in SLA.
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Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2014 15:12
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:27
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