Published Online: 5 NOV 2012
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The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics
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Hyltenstam, K. 2012. Critical Period. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .
- Published Online: 5 NOV 2012
The scholarly discussion on the notion of a critical period (CP) for language acquisition dates back to the 1950s and 1960s, when first Wilder Penfield and Lamar Roberts (1959) and later Eric Lenneberg (1967) suggested that differences in the outcomes of child and adult second language acquisition most likely had a biological basis.
- first language acquisition;
- second language acquisition;
- child language