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The 14th release in the "Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics" series, this volume takes the position that second-language acquisition theory, the study of how languages are learned, should be regarded as a branch of cognitive science. By examining a wide variety of language-learning settings and languages, including numerous Western and non-Western languages, the 24 contributions masterfully prove this point. The essays analyze many of the key concepts in language acquisition, such as fossilization and universal grammar, pinpointing areas for further research. Extensive bibliographies provide an excellent introduction to the breadth of research affecting second-language acquisition, listing everything from early groundbreaking studies in linguistics to recent articles, unpublished doctoral dissertations, and forthcoming publications. This valuable resource challenges many closely held pedagogical tenets of language teaching professionals and unites disparate research currents in a multidisciplinary field. As such, it has the potential to change how scholars look at the teaching and learning of languages. The theoretically sophisticated articles may confound novice readers in the field attracted by the word "handbook." ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. P. W. Manning University of Kansas
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