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Darren Tanner
LING 449
Seattle Campus

Second-Language Learning

Issues related to the linguistic aspects of second-language learning. Prerequisite: either LING 200, LING 201, ANTH/LING 203, or LING 400.

Class description

This course will focus on theoretical approaches to the acquisition of second languages by adults, with a special focus on the acquisition of grammar and morphology. Much attention will be paid to current research in Universal Grammar and psycholinguistic approaches to SLA, with other topics to include previous theoretical approaches to SLA (including behaviorism and contrastive analysis), the critical period hypothesis, and the role of input in the development of cognitive grammars. This will not be a course in applied pedagogy or a 'how-to' class on language learning.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Mixture of lecture-style instruction and group discussion of readings. Readings will come from the textbook and be supplemented with primary source articles.

Recommended preparation

Introductory linguistics course. Ling461 (Syntax I) is strongly recommended.

Class assignments and grading

Class participation, two quizzes, article critiques, presentation.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Darren Tanner
Date: 02/21/2011