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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: October 2019

1 - Setting the Context

Summary

This book is about the acquisition of a third language (or more additional languages) in adulthood; that is, when a bilingual – a child who is a simultaneous (2L1) bilingual, a child who has sequentially acquired a second language (L2) or an adult who is a sequential L2 bilingual – acquires yet another language later in life. Is learning a third (L3) or more (Ln) language different from learning an L2 or just more of the same? If the process is different or similar, what are the implications for important questions related to linguistics, psychology, cognitive science and other fields? Addressing and providing some answers to the aforementioned is the overarching goal of this book.

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