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The bottleneck of second language acquisition

The bottleneck of second language acquisition
The bottleneck of second language acquisition
Explaining why some linguistic features and constructions are easy or difficult to acquire in a second language has become a prominent current concern in generative second language acquisition (SLA) research. Based on a comparison of findings on the L2 acquisition of functional morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, the Bottleneck Hypothesis argues that functional morphemes and their features are the bottleneck of L2 acquisition; acquisition of universal syntax, semantics and pragmatics flows smoothly (Slabakova 2006, 2008, 2013). The article surveys experimental studies supporting this view. A pedagogical implication of this model is discussed, namely, that an enhanced focus on practicing grammar in language classrooms is beneficial to learners.
syntax, semantics, pragmatics, functional morphology, bottleneck
543-559
Slabakova, Roumyana
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Slabakova, Roumyana
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Slabakova, Roumyana (2014) The bottleneck of second language acquisition. Foreign Language Teaching and Research, 46 (4), 543-559.

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Abstract

Explaining why some linguistic features and constructions are easy or difficult to acquire in a second language has become a prominent current concern in generative second language acquisition (SLA) research. Based on a comparison of findings on the L2 acquisition of functional morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, the Bottleneck Hypothesis argues that functional morphemes and their features are the bottleneck of L2 acquisition; acquisition of universal syntax, semantics and pragmatics flows smoothly (Slabakova 2006, 2008, 2013). The article surveys experimental studies supporting this view. A pedagogical implication of this model is discussed, namely, that an enhanced focus on practicing grammar in language classrooms is beneficial to learners.

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Published date: July 2014
Keywords: syntax, semantics, pragmatics, functional morphology, bottleneck
Organisations: Modern Languages and Linguistics

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Local EPrints ID: 367089
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/367089
PURE UUID: e15f849e-709e-42f4-9579-8b9b2457465b
ORCID for Roumyana Slabakova: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5839-460X

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Date deposited: 22 Jul 2014 11:39
Last modified: 18 Feb 2021 17:22

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