2018 marked the 40 year celebration as a premier journal in the field of Second Language Study. As a way of honoring 40 years of scholarly leadership to the field, Cambridge University Press recognized one article per month and will post that article on the SSLA website, where possible, accompanied by a video by the author(s).
Twelve articles were selected by current and past Editorial Board members (excluding the current co-editors) who were invited to submit their recommendations of articles appearing in the journal since its inception 40 years ago. Specifically, they were asked to recommend articles that were groundbreaking or highly influential to the field of SLA research. Those articles that received the most recommendations were selected to be featured during SSLA’s 40th year celebration of excellence in the field.
January's featured article is On determining development stages in natural second language acquisition, by Jürgen M. Meisel, Harald Clahsen and Manfred Pienemann. Publication Date: 1981 (Volume 3, Issue 2)
Watch an interview with one of the authors, Jürgen M. Meisel to find out what led to this piece of research and if the authors knew what impact this research would have.
February's featured article is Linguistic and conversational adjustments to non-native speakers, by Michael H. Long. Publication Date: 1983 (Volume 5, Issue 2)
March's featured article is Attending to Form and Content in the Input: An Experiment in Consciousness, by Bill VanPatten. Publication Date: 1990 (Volume 12, Issue 3)
May's featured article is 'Second language instruction does make a difference: Evidence from an empirical study of SL relativizntion', by Catherine Doughty.
Publication Date: 1991 (Volume 13, Issue 4)
July's featured article is 'Reexamining the Critical Period Hypothesis: A Case Study of Successful Adult SLA in a Naturalistic Environment, by Georgette Ioup, Elizabeth Boustagui, Manal El Tigi and Martha Moselle
Publication Date: 1994 (Volume 16, Issue 1)
August's featured article is The Influence of Planning and Task Type on Second Language Performance by Pauline Foster and Peter Skehan. Publication date: 2008 ( Volume 18, Issue 3)
November's featured article is'FREQUENCY EFFECTS IN LANGUAGE PROCESSING: A Review with Implications for Theories of Implicit and Explicit Language Acquisition by Nick C. Ellis. Publication date: 2002 (Volume 24, Issue 2)
December's featured article is MEASURING IMPLICIT AND EXPLICIT KNOWLEDGE OF A SECOND LANGUAGE: A Psychometric Study by Rod Ellis. Publication date: 2005 (Volume 27, Issue 2)