This book constitutes a timely contribution to the existing literature
by presenting a relatively comprehensive, neurobiological account of
certain aspects of second language acquisition. It represents the
collaborative efforts of members of the Neurobiology of Language
Research Group in the Applied Linguistics and TESL Department at UCLA.
Members of the group are trained in neurobiology and then use this
knowledge to develop biological accounts of various aspects of applied
The volume avoids the corticocentric bias that characterizes many
brain-language publications--both cortical and subcortical structures
receive their appropriate attention. In addition, it demonstrates that
enough is presently known about the brain to inform our
conceptualizations of how humans acquire second languages, thus, it
provides a refreshingly novel, highly integrative contribution to the
(second) language acquisition literature.