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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Spring 2009

FR 392K • TPCS IN SECOND LANG ACQUISITN

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36145 W
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
HRH 4.102B
BIRDSONG, DAVID P.

Course Description

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.

Grading Policy

Final course grades are determined as follows:
Mid-term exam 40%
Final project 30%
Presentation 20%
Participation, preparedness & ad hoc assignments 10%

Texts

Most readings will be available on line. Others will be included in a packet.

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