The Handbook of Second Language Acquisition

The Handbook of Second Language Acquisition

Editor(s): Catherine J. Doughty, Michael H. Long

Published Online: 11 JAN 2008

Print ISBN: 9780631217541

Online ISBN: 9780470756492

DOI: 10.1002/9780470756492

About this Book

The Handbook of Second Language Acquisition presents an integrated discussion of key, and sometimes controversial, issues in second language acquisition research.


  • Discusses the biological and cognitive underpinnings of SLA, mechanisms, processes, and constraints on SLA, the level of ultimate attainment, research methods, and the status of SLA as a cognitive science.
  • Includes contributions from twenty-seven of the world's leading scholars.
  • Provides an invaluable resource for all students and scholars of human cognition, including those in linguistics, psychology, applied linguistics, ESL, foreign languages, and cognitive science.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Overview

  2. Part II: Capacity and Representation

  3. Part III: Environments for SLA

  4. Part IV: Processes in SLA

  5. Part V: Biological and Psychological Constraints

  6. Part VI: Research Methods

  7. Part VII: The State of SLA

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