CLL Session 1: Introduction. LAEL, Lancaster University Florencia Franceschina. Popular ideas about SLA. Exercise. Terminology. Second language acquisition Foreign language acquisition Acquisition of additional languages Bilingual language acquisition. Big questions.
LAEL, Lancaster University
The focus of this course will be on the study of L2 grammars (a.k.a. Interlanguage grammars or ILGs, after the term coined by Selinker)
Many linguists claim that there is a great deal in common among the grammars of the world’s languages. Most advocates of this position believe that the commonalities exist because linguistic structure is largely determined by human biology.
The term ‘universal grammar’ is used to mean three subtly different things:
i. what is common to the world’s languages
ii. linguists’ representations of these commonalities
iii.the biological structures that are claimed to underlie the common features
Sag et al. (2003: 570)
We will consider the evidence in the next module