Grammatical Development in Language Learning: The Best of Language Learning Series

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Why is learning the grammar of a second language difficult? Thepresent volume brings together insights from leading researchers,published in the past five years of the journal Language Learning,to identify the multiple factors that combine to challenge learnersin attaining full proficiency in a second language.


  • An innovative synthesis of recent research on grammar andsecond language acquisition.
  • Highlights the importance of transparency in form-meaningrelations as well as learners' aptitudes and previous languagelearning experiences.
  • Shows how diminutives facilitate gender acquisition inRussian.
  • Demonstrates how learners make semantic distinctions inacquiring gender distinction in French.
  • Evaluates the role of phonological short-term memory in theacquisition of gender in a semi-artificial linguistic system.
  • A useful collection for a graduate seminar on psycholinguisticaspects of second language acquisition.

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Why is learning the grammar of a second language difficult? The present volume brings together recent insights from leading researchers in the U.S. and Europe to identify the multiple factors that challenge learners in attaining full proficiency in a second language. DeKeyser’s introductory review synthesizes recent research and theories, illuminating the concept of difficulty in second language acquisition, emphasizing the relations between meaning and forms of a first and second language and their interactions with learners’ personal characteristics. A meta-analysis of past research by Goldschneider and DeKeyser highlights the importance of transparency in form-meaning relations as well as learners’ aptitudes and previous language learning experiences. Kempe and Brooks show how diminutives facilitate gender acquisition in Russian. Carroll demonstrates how learners make semantic distinctions in acquiring gender distinctions in French. Williams and Lovatt evaluate the role of phonological short-term memory in the acquisition of gender in a semi-artificial linguistic system.

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Robert DeKeyser is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh. He has a Ph.D. in Education with a minor in Linguistics from Stanford University. His research is on second language acquisition, particularly cognitive-psychological aspects. Some of his favorite topics are interlanguage variability, monitoring processes, automatization of second language grammar, the effect of age of learning and other individual differences, and the relationship between implicit and explicit learning and knowledge. He has published in a variety of journals, including Language Learning, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Language Testing, The Modern Language Journal, TESOL Quarterly, and AILA Review.

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