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Cognitive Second Language Acquisition: Overview

  1. John Williams,
  2. Marianne Gullberg

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal1350

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Williams, J. and Gullberg, M. 2012. Cognitive Second Language Acquisition: Overview. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

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  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


Cognitive approaches to second language acquisition are characterized by an interest in how the human mind deals with language in learning; in what language learners know and how they use that knowledge in speaking and understanding.


  • bilingualism;
  • cognitive development;
  • cognitive science;
  • cognitive second language acquisition;
  • second language acquisition