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Learning and using a third language

Ulrike Jessner

in Linguistic Awareness in Multilinguals

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780748619139
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671496 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619139.003.0002
Learning and using a third language

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This chapter discusses the psycholinguistic aspects of the acquisition and use of a third language. It focuses on the development of research on multilingualism, in particular on current approaches taken in studies that have concentrated on the detection of differences between second and third language acquisition (SLA and TLA). The main areas of research in the fields of TLA and multilingualism, such as the effects of bilingualism on third language learning, are discussed in detail. Subsequently the importance of metalinguistic awareness in multilingual proficiency as one of the emerging cognitive factors is highlighted.

Keywords: psycholinguistics; second language; third language; multilingualism; language acquisition; bilingualism; language learning; metalinguistic awareness

Chapter.  9091 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Language Teaching and Learning

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