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Alternative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition [Kindle Edition]

Dwight Atkinson
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'In recent years there has been growing recognition that the acquisition of a second language is very much a social as well as a cognitive affair. This volume brings together a collection of articles documenting the various theories and methodologies for investigating L2 acquisition as a social phenomenon. As such, it is an essential purchase for anyone interested in SLA.' Rod Ellis, University of Auckland, New Zealand "This book should be an essential resource for graduate seminars in SLA.It is a unique testimony to the vibrancy of the field and to the astonishing complexity of the SLA experience." Claire Kramsch, University of California, Berkeley, USA "[A] remarkable effort to provide a comprehensive overview of current trends in SLA by gathering together different approaches in a critical way." LINGUIST List


This volume presents six alternative approaches to studying second language acquisition – 'alternative' in the sense that they contrast with and/or complement the cognitivism pervading the field. All six approaches – sociocultural, complexity theory, conversation-analytic, identity, language socialization, and sociocognitive – are described according to the same set of six headings, allowing for direct comparison across approaches.

Each chapter is authored by leading advocates for the approach described: James Lantolf for the sociocultural approach; Diane Larsen-Freeman for the complexity theory approach; Gabriele Kasper and Johannes Wagner for the conversation-analytic approach; Bonny Norton and Carolyn McKinney for the identity approach; Patricia Duff and Steven Talmy for the language socialization approach and Dwight Atkinson for the sociocognitive approach.

Introductory and commentary chapters round out this volume. The editor’s introduction describes the significance of alternative approaches to SLA studies given its strongly cognitivist orientation. Lourdes Ortega’s commentary considers the six approaches from an 'enlightened traditional' perspective on SLA studies – a viewpoint which is cognitivist in orientation but broad enough to give serious and balanced consideration to alternative approaches.

This volume is essential reading in the field of second language acquisition.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 203 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0415549256
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  • Verlag: Routledge; Auflage: 1 (1. März 2011)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004WS2G62
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Resourceful 23. März 2015
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The book offers a good overview over a number of second language theories. Especially interesting for those who are interested to look beyond the cognitivist horizon.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Challenges the cognitivist orthodoxy in second language acquisition research 29. Oktober 2012
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Dwight Atkinson starts out this volume by establishing that the orthodoxy in second language acquisition research is strongly cognitivist, meaning that language acquisition is assumed to be a strictly mental process. Hence the embrace of Chomsky's splitting off of cognition from behavior (competence and performance) and the prevalence of a computational metaphor that takes language acquisition to involve input, processing, and output. Countering this limited approach, a number of theorists now advocate approaches that view mental processes as only one aspect of a broader picture of language acquisition, one that includes the social context and processes external to the mind. The sociocultural approach, represented here by James Lantolf, draws on Vygotsky's work to describe the way in which mediation may have differential effects on acquisition in different learners. Diane Larsen-Freeman's intriguing chapter on complexity theory in second language acquisition suggests that language may be an open complex adaptive system that "emerges bottom-up from the interactions of multiple agents in speech communities," the precise development of which may therefore defy prediction. Atkinson's own chapter on the sociocognitive approach to second language acquisition posits an "ecological network comprising mind-body-world" that exist in a relationship, as opposed to the "mind-in-a-vat" approach that assumes language acquisition to be a purely mental process. In this view, cognition extends out into the world, forming a closer relationship with it rather than a Cartesian separation. Other approaches covered include an identity approach, language socialization approaches, and a conversation-analytic approach to second language acquisition. Each chapter shares in common with the others the need to move beyond a purely cognitivist view.

The contributions in the volume challenge widely accepted and taught notions such as the universal order of acquisition and the innate language faculty (or Universal Grammar). The approaches are presented not in competition with each other in some grand search for the 'true' approach to second language acquisition, but as ways to enrich and broaden the scope of the study of second language acquisition that takes account of the undeniable reality that language affects and is affected by the world outside the mind. While these approaches may be dismissed by many in the field, for those like me who have felt that second language acquisition research can be claustrophobic in its disregard for the social context of language learning, they offer a mind-opening alternative. Atkinson and the authors have presented these alternative approaches in a readable and engaging volume.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Five Stars 26. März 2015
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a Really nice book.
5.0 von 5 Sternen This anthology, edited by Dwight Atkinson, provides an ... 6. August 2014
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This anthology, edited by Dwight Atkinson, provides an up-to-date and concise but nevertheless comprehensive account of second language acquisition by leading proponents of several alternative approaches to the dominant cognitive paradigm. Added value derives from the fact that all contributions follow the same format of presentation.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen a good book 29. März 2013
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It' a good book to know the most updated SLA theories other than the mainstream cognitive theory. I love it. I lend it to several friends and they all think it is a good book. If you want to get a general idea about the most recent SLA theories, it will be a good choice.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Three Stars 16. Februar 2015
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Gives a godd overwievv of the field and the different theroretical perspectives.
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