ERIC Number: EJ637416
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: 0
The Theoretical Significance of Universal Grammar in Second Language Acquisition.
Second Language Research, v17 n4 p345-67 Oct 2001
Evidence that native language acquisition is possible because children are born with an innate language faculty--universal grammar (UG)--is considerable. In second language acquisition by older learners, this notion is less clear. Discusses the poverty of stimulus phenomena (POS) in relation to this, and argues that while POS phenomena are important they are not the most compelling reason for assuming involvement of UG. (Author/VWL)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Note: Special issue: Explanations and Scientific Method in Second Language Research.