FR 392K • TPCS IN SECOND LANG ACQUISITN
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
||BIRDSONG, DAVID P.|
This course addresses several defining themes in current L2 acquisition theory. These include Universal Grammar; the syntax-pragmatics interface; extraction of information from input; explicit/implicit learning and knowledge; individual variation in aptitude and outcome; neural representation/processing; acquisition of prosody; limits of bilingualism. A thread uniting these themes is L2 processing. We will pay special attention to recent work in this area.
The acquisition and use of L2 French will be featured. Some knowledge of French will be helpful. The language of instruction will depend on the clientele.
Final course grades are determined as follows:
Mid-term exam 40%
Final project 30%
Participation, preparedness & ad hoc assignments 10%
Most readings will be available on line. Others will be included in a packet.