SLA bibliography

Age

 General
  • Asher J. and G. Garcia 1969: The optimal age to learn a foreign language. Modern Language Journal 311,334-341.
  • Birdsong, D. (ed.) 1999: Second Language Acquisition and the Critical Period Hypothesis. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Birdsong, D. and M. Molis 2000: On the evidence of maturational constraints in SLA. Unpublished manuscript, University of Texas at Austin. [Available from D Birdsong's website]
  • Collier, V.P. 1987: Age and rate of acquisition of second language for academic purposes. TESOL Quarterly 21: 617-641.
  • Cummins, J. 1981: Age on arrival and immigrant second language learning in Canada: A reassessment. Applied Linguistics 2: 132-149.
  • Ervin-Tripp, S.M. 1974: Is second language learning like the first? TESOL Quarterly 8:111-127.
  • Harley, B. 1986: Age in second language acquisition. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.
  • Harley, B. and W. Wang 1997: The critical period hypothesis. Where are we now? In A. de Groot and J. Kroll (eds.): Tutorials in bilingualism: psycholinguistic perspectives. London: Lawrence Erlbaum. Pp. 19-52.
  • Hyltenstam, K. and N. Abrahamsson 2001: Age and L2 learning: the hazards of matching practical 'implications' with theoretical 'facts'. TESOL Quarterly 35, 1: 151-170.
  • ---- 2003: Maturational constraints in SLA. In Handbook of Second Language Acquisition, eds. C. J. Doughty and M. H. Long. Malden, MA: Blackwell. Pp. 539-588.
  • Ioup, G., E. Boustagui, M. El Tigi and M. Moselle. 1994: Reexamining the critical period hypothesis: a case study of successful SLA. Studies in Second Language Acquisition 16, 73-98.
  • Johnson, J. and E. Newport. 1989: Critical period effects in second language learning: the influence of maturational state on the acquisition of English as a second language. Cognitive Psychology 21, 60-99.
  • ---- 1991: Critical period effects on universal properties of language: the status of Subjacency in the acquisition of a second language. Cognition 39, 215-258.
  • Krashen, S.D. 1973: Lateralization, language learning, and the critical period: Some new evidence. Language Learning 23: 63-74.
  • Krashen, S.D., R.C. Scarcella and M.A. Long (eds.) 1982: Child-adult differences in second language acquisition. Rowley, MA: Newbury House.
  • Lenneberg, E. H. 1967: Biological foundations of language. New York: John Wiley.
  • Long, M. 1990: Maturational constraints on language development. Studies in Second Language Acquisition 12: 251-285.
  • Marinova-Todd, S.F., Marshall, D.B. and Snow, C.E. 2000: Three Misconceptions About age and L2 Learning. TESOL Quarterly 34, 1: 9-34.
  • ---- 2001: Missing the point: a response to Hyltenstam and Abrahamsson. TESOL Quarterly 35, 1: 171-176.
  • Naves, T., Torras, M. R., and Celaya, M. L. 2003: Long-term effects of an earlier start. An analysis of EFL written production. In Susan Foster-Cohen and Simona Pekarek Doehler (eds.): EUROSLA Yearbook 3. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Pp. 103-129.
  • Newport, E. 1990: Maturational constraints on language learning. Cognitive Science 14, 11-28.
  • Patkowski, M. 1980: The sensitive period for the acquisition of syntax in a second language. Language Learning 30, 449-472.
  • ---- 1982: The sensitive period for the acquisition of syntax in a second language. In S. Krashen, R. Scarcella and M. Long (eds.): Child-adult differences in SLA. Rowley, MA: Newbury House.
  • Scovel, T. 1981: The effects of neurological age on nonprimary language acquisition. In R. Andersen (ed.): New dimensions in second language acquisition research. Rowley, MA: Newbury House. Pp. 33-42.
  • Seliger, H. W. 1978: The implications of a multiple critical period hypothesis for second language learning, in W. C. Ritchie (ed.): Second language acquisition research. Issues and implications. New York: Academic Press. Pp. 11-19.
  • ---- 1981: Exceptions to critical period predictions: A sinister plot. In R. Andersen (ed.): New dimensions in second language acquisition research. Rowley, MA: Newbury House. Pp. 47-57.
  • Seliger, H., S. Krashen and P. Ladefoged 1975: Maturational constraints in the acquisition of second languages. Language Sciences 38, 20-22.
  • Singleton, D. 1992: Language acquisition: the age factor. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.
  • Singleton, D. and Z. Lengyel (eds.) 1996: The age factor in second language acquisition. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.
Bibliography on age and rate of acquisition
  • Collier, V. P. 1987: Age and rate of acquisition of second language for academic purposes. TESOL Quarterly 21, 4: 617-641.
  • Krashen, S.D., Long, MA, and Scarcella, R.C. 1979: Age, rate, and eventual attainment in second language acquisition. TESOL Quarterly 13: 573-582.
  • Slavoff, G.R. and J.S. Johnson 1995: The effects of age on the rate of learning a second language. Studies in Second Language Acquisition 17: 1-16. 
  • Snow, C. and M. Hoefnagel-Hole 1978: The critical period for language acquisition: evidence from second language learning. Child Development 49: 1114-1128.
Bibliography on age and the acquisition of phonology
  • Bongaerts, T., B. Planken and E. Schils 1997: Age and ultimate attainment in the pronunciation of a foreign language. Second Language Research 19: 447-465.
  • Fathman, A. 1975: The relationship between age and second language productive ability. Language Learning 25: 245-253.
  • Olson, L, and Samuels, S.J. 1973: The relationship between age and accuracy of foreign language pronunciation. Journal of Educational Research 66: 26-267.
  • Oyama, S. 1976: A sensitive period for the acquisition of a nonnative phonological system. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research 5: 261-285.
  • ---- 1978: The sensitive period and comprehension of speech. Working Papers on Bilingualism 16, 1-17.
  • Scovel, T. 1988: A time to speak: a psycholinguistic inquiry into the critical period for human speech. New York: Newbury House.
  • Snow, C., and M. Hoefnagel-Hohle 1977: Age differences in the pronunciation of foreign sounds. Language and Speech 20: 357-365.
  • Tahta, S., Wood, M., & Lowenthal, K. 1981a: Age changes in the ability to replicate foreign pronunciation and intonation. Language and Speech, 24, 4: 363-372.
  • Tahta, S., Wood, M., & Lowenthal, K. 1981b: Foreign accents: Factors relating to transfer of accent from the first language to a second language. Language and Speech, 24, 3: 265-272.

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