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ERIC Number: ED327059
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Universal Grammar and Age Effects in Second Language Acquisition: A Response to Flynn and Manuel.
Birdsong, David
This response to a paper concerning age-related effects and their relationship to universal grammar (UG) in second language (L2) acquisition looks first at both the paper in question and research on UG and L2 acquisition in general. After these observations, discussion focuses on the following four topics in relation to the paper: (1) the notions of a "critical period" and "age-dependents effects" in language acquisitions; (2) the notion of success in UG/L2 theory; (3) evidence from speech and speech perception; and (4) evidence from judgments of grammaticality. It is concluded that while the study suggests that linguistic theory offers promising avenues of inquiry into the course of age-related differences, it also lacks clarity, rigor, and finesse. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Second Language Research Forum (Los Angeles, CA, February 23-26, 1989).