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“L” Stands for Language

“L” Stands for Language
“L” Stands for Language
A key premise of a transdisciplinary perspective on SLA, as articulated by the Douglas Fir Group (2016), is the usage-based approach to language acquisition. In this commentary, I make the case for a generative linguistic theory-based approach to language acquisition. While both approaches are at the cognitive core of the development process, I show that experience-based predictions are sometimes challenged by theory-based predictions. I argue that while experience with language is responsible for the bulk of acquisition, there are cases where a grammar-based theory provides superior explanations. In addition, the generative framework presents a holistic, organic picture of speaker competence while also offering explanations of why performance may under-represent competence.
Competence, Performance, Processing, generative approaches to sla, linguistic input
0026-7902
152-160
Slabakova, Roumyana
1bda11ce-ce3d-4146-8ae3-4a486b6f5bde
Slabakova, Roumyana
1bda11ce-ce3d-4146-8ae3-4a486b6f5bde

Slabakova, Roumyana (2019) “L” Stands for Language. The Modern Language Journal, 103 (Supplement 2019), 152-160. (doi:10.1111/modl.12528).

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Abstract

A key premise of a transdisciplinary perspective on SLA, as articulated by the Douglas Fir Group (2016), is the usage-based approach to language acquisition. In this commentary, I make the case for a generative linguistic theory-based approach to language acquisition. While both approaches are at the cognitive core of the development process, I show that experience-based predictions are sometimes challenged by theory-based predictions. I argue that while experience with language is responsible for the bulk of acquisition, there are cases where a grammar-based theory provides superior explanations. In addition, the generative framework presents a holistic, organic picture of speaker competence while also offering explanations of why performance may under-represent competence.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 November 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 16 January 2019
Published date: 16 January 2019
Additional Information: Supplement: SLA Across Disciplinary Borders: New Perspectives, Critical Questions, and Research Possibilities
Keywords: Competence, Performance, Processing, generative approaches to sla, linguistic input

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Local EPrints ID: 427642
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/427642
ISSN: 0026-7902
PURE UUID: 298fd5ba-b356-497d-81e5-59bdff26cbdc
ORCID for Roumyana Slabakova: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5839-460X

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Date deposited: 24 Jan 2019 17:30
Last modified: 26 Nov 2021 07:11

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