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Second language ultimate attainment: Effects of maturation, exercise, and social/psychological factors
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Centre for Research on Bilingualism.
2018 (English)In: Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, ISSN 1366-7289, E-ISSN 1469-1841, Vol. 21, no 5, p. 921-923Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Mayberry and Kluender (2017) offer a rich review of empirical research that contributes to the understanding of age-related effects on first and second language acquisition. Their keynote article compiles current, primarily linguistic and neurolinguistic, research on the notion of a critical period for language (CPL). The authors conclude “that the putative CPL applies to L1 learning, and that L2 effects are a consequence of this prior learning” (Mayberry & Kluender, 2017: p. 6). As they propose a clear role for CPL in L1 learning, and because their exact position on its role in L2 learning is, to my mind, not as clearly articulated, I will take the opportunity to argue the following: If a CPL exists at all, it should have identifiable implications for all kinds of language acquisition (cf. Gleitman & Newport, 1995). In the case of L2 acquisition what needs to be identified is how maturational constraints (implicated by a CPL) interact with other conditions that are at hand when the second language comes onto the scene.

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2018. Vol. 21, no 5, p. 921-923
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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Bilingualism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-163781DOI: 10.1017/S1366728918000172OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-163781DiVA, id: diva2:1276686
Available from: 2019-01-08 Created: 2019-01-08 Last updated: 2019-01-10Bibliographically approved

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