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Interactionist Perspectives on Second Language Acquisition

Susan Gass

in The Oxford Handbook of Applied Linguistics

Second edition

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780195384253
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195384253.013.0015

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Interactionist Perspectives on Second Language Acquisition

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This article analyses the idea of second language acquisition form an interactionist perspective. The field of second language acquisition has been studied from many angles. This broad scope is due in part to the myriad disciplinary backgrounds of scholars in the field. This article deals with the interactionist perspective and, as such, is primarily concerned with the environment in which second language learning takes place. It is important to note from the outset that this perspective is by and large neutral as to the role of innateness. In other words, it is compatible with a view of second language acquisition that posits an innate learning mechanism; it is also compatible with a model of learning that posits no such mechanism. This article deals with interactionist approaches focusing on how learners use their linguistic environment to build their knowledge of the second language. To summarize, the interaction approach considers, production of language as constructs that are important for understanding second language learning.

Keywords: perspectives; interactionist perspective; language acquisition; language learning; learning mechanism; linguistic environment

Article.  6115 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Language Acquisition

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