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  • ISSN: 0272-2631 (Print), 1470-1545 (Online)
  • Editor: Professor Susan Gass Michigan State University, USA
  • Editorial board
Studies in Second Language Acquisition is a refereed journal of international scope devoted to the scientific discussion of acquisition or use of non-native and heritage languages. Each volume (five issues) contains research articles of either a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods nature in addition to essays on current theoretical matters. Other rubrics include shorter articles such as Replication Studies, Critical Commentaries, and Research Reports.

Albert Valdman Award 2019

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Albert Valdman Award for outstanding publication in 2019 is:

The role of language-analytic ability in children’s instructed second language learning
by Karen Roehr-Brackin and Angela Tellier

Please join us in congratulating these authors on their contribution to the journal and to the field.

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  • The Cambridge Studies of Language Practices and Social Development
  • 15 June 2020, Rachel
  • The Cambridge Studies of Language Practices and Social Development series provides a needed platform for scholarly discussions around the relationship between Cambridge Extra spoke to the series editor Meng Ji (The University of Sydney, Australia) about the series. What has motivated the development of the series? Our series promotes innovative focused research to address practical social problems such as global environmental, health and legal issues which represent new research challenges, as well as opportunities for socially oriented language practice research. This . . . → Read More: The Cambridge Studies of Language Practices and Social Development...
  • Black Lives Matter
  • 11 June 2020, Rachel
  • Written by Karen Stollznow, author of ‘On the Offensive‘ What do people mean when they say, “Black Lives Matter?” “Black Lives Matter” is a slogan and a social movement in response to the historical and current social and systemic racism and violence perpetuated against Black people. Where did the phrase come from? In 2012, 17-year-old African-American Trayvon Martin was walking home in Sanford, Florida, having just purchased a packet of Skittles from a convenience store. He was spotted by local resident George Zimmerman who reported Martin to local police as “suspicious.” Martin was innocent of any crime, although Zimmerman confronted the young man and fatally shot him, claiming the act was in self-defense. He was acquitted of his crime. Following this incident the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter . . . → Read More: Black Lives Matter...
  • Introducing Cambridge Elements in Pragmatics
  • 02 June 2020, Rachel
  • Cambridge Elements combine the best features of journals and books. With a word count between 20,000-30,000 words they lend themselves to the digital and ever changing research environment. A series coming soon to linguistics is Elements in Pragmatics edited by Jonathan Culpeper, Lancaster University and Michael Haugh, University of Queensland. Cambridge Extra asked them more about the series. What motivated you to collate this Elements series? The format itself is really appealing. It is longer than typical journal articles but shorter than a monograph, so is ideal for both graduate students and established researchers in the field. It also allows authors to publish their work at its natural length, if an article is too constraining yet a full book is over the horizon. Its digital format means the . . . → Read More: Introducing Cambridge Elements in Pragmatics...


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