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Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

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Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition

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Title: Processability Approaches to Second Language Development and Second Language Learning
Edited By: JörgU.Keßler

A fundamental issue in second language acquisition research and in applied
linguistics is the question of how learners acquire a second language.
Today it is general knowledge that any second language learning follows
certain, theoretically established and empirically supported developmental
sequences. Based on Processability Theory (Pienemann 1998 and 2005) one can
diagnose current states of individual learners’ second language
development. Knowing about the path of second language development provides
important insights into what learners are ready to acquire in the second
language at a given point in time. This can support second language
learning both in natural and instructional settings. Pienemann’s
Processability Theory (PT) provides a well researched and empirically
substantiated framework to explain the developmental sequences in second
language learning across languages. Taking Pienemann (1998 and 2005) as the
point of departure the chapters of this book apply, test and extend PT. The
book is organised in four parts, (I) Introduction, (II) Current Theoretical
Issues within the PT Framework, (III) Applying PT to the Second Language
Classroom, and (IV) Work in Progress within the PT Framework.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): None
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1847184162
ISBN-13: 9781847184160
Pages: 315
Prices: U.K.£ £34.99