This book outlines second language acquisition, the study of the way in which people learn a language other than their mother tongue. It is designed to make the essentials of this rapidly expanding area accessible to readers encountering it for the first time.As the title of the series suggests, this is an introduction only and not for people who are already well-versed in second language acquistion theory. This book was really written for those wanting a launching point to further reading or just a quick overview of the main concepts, brief historical developments and some of the terminology. The majority of the book deals with various aspects of a learners interlanguage, taking in social, psycholinguistic and other facets. It also looks at variation between students, Universal Grammar and a few more topics.
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