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  1. djanik, A Neurobiological Theory and Method of Language Acquisition

Message 1: A Neurobiological Theory and Method of Language Acquisition

Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2004 19:23:07 -0500 (EST)
From: djanik <>
Subject: A Neurobiological Theory and Method of Language Acquisition

Institution: Bircham International Univeristy, Madrid, Espana, EU
Program: Doctor of Philosophy in Education in Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2003

Author: Daniel Scott Janik 

Dissertation Title: A Neurobiological Theory and Method of Language

Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition
Dissertation Director 1: Carmen Ramirez Hurtado
Dissertation Director 2: William Martin

Dissertation Abstract: 

A new theory of learning is posited, based on contemporary clinical
and experimental neurobiological data on effective traumatic learning.
Interesting linguistic exegeses of first and second language
acquisition under such a theory are examined and their implications
discussed. A list of methodological tenets is derived, applied and
demonstrated in limited fashion in a traditional, educational,
classroom setting. The neurobiological method is presented along with
derivisional hypotheses that, with further research, might lend it
further support and provide new avenues of insight into not only into
the fundamental nature of first and especially second language
acquisition, but learning and teaching in general.

Dr. Janik is a physician, board-certified in public health and
preventive medicine. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry
from the University of Washington, a Master of Public Health degree
from University of California at Berkeley, and doctoral degrees in
medicine (MD) from Loma Linda University, California, and
Education/Linguistics (PhD) from Bircham International University,
Madrid, Spain, European Union. A Fellow of both the American College
of Preventive Medicine (FACPM) and the American Association of
Integrative Medicine (FAAIM), what began as a subspecialty interest in
psychological recovery from trauma quickly expanded into exceptional
learning with special focus on first and subsequent language
acquisition. He is currently TOEFL and Univeristy Studies Program
Coordinator at Intercultural Communications College in Honolulu,
Hawaii, and a Dean of Natural Sciences of Bircham International
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