ERIC Number: ED392257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Research into Second Language Acquisition: An Alternative Agenda.
Wilkins, David A.
It is argued that an area of linguistic research ripe for exploration is how the speaker actually makes use of linguistic knowledge in the production or reception of utterances. It is proposed that speech production is a lexically driven rather than semantically driven process and that the speaker's procedural competence is lexico-syntactic in character. A fundamental question for second language acquisition is how this competence is acquired. Opportunity and need for a range of research exists because in numerous and diverse parts of the language system, lexico-semantic and syntactic aspects interact significantly. Examples are drawn here from English. Research in this area in both first- and second-language acquisition is recommended. A brief bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (17th, Long Beach, CA, March 25-28, 1995).